Breakfast with Santa in Prairie Township

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Santa Claus and his merry band of helpers may be busy preparing for the big event that is just days away, but they managed to carve out some time to travel to the westside to have breakfast with the community. On Dec. 9, the jolly man from the North Pole made a stop at the Prairie Township Community Center to share in a morning meal with children and adults, read a good book to the crowd, and do a bit of light reconnaissance on some of the presents the boys and girls of the area would like to see underneath their trees this year. Here, Santa Claus (a.k.a. Richard Knapp) gets a hug from Chloe Cochran, 3, after they discuss a few of the gift options for Christmas Day.
Docia Ayers, an attendant at the front desk of the community center, gets into the holiday spirit.
Dean LeMaster, 8 months, gets his first good look at Santa Claus (a.k.a. Dave Holstein, who was covering the breakfast at 11:30 a.m.).
South-Western Career Academy culinary students Mya Hague, Nevaeh Chambers, Ryan Aviles, and A.J. Chery (pictured from left to right) prepare to pile eggs, home fries, pancakes and sausage on the plates of the hungry residents. The food and beverages at the event were donated by IHOP and Krispy Kreme.
Santa Claus reads “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore.
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