The Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club provided 800 children and adults with “face time” with Santa during the club’s 22nd annual Santa’s Breakfast on Dec. 7. Tacoma Goodwill hosted the free community event at their Milgard Work Opportunity Center in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma.
The event featured a pancake breakfast (with all the fixings), crafts, face painting, a balloon room and some valuable one-on-one time with Santa. Families received books, toys and a stuffed animal to take home.
“Saturday was all about the kids – giving families and children an outlet to celebrate the season,” said Sunrise Rotary President Karen Veitenhans. “Today Santa, Sunrise Rotary and our partners and volunteers made a differ-
ence, had fun, and took a small step towards improving our community and inspiring our leaders of tomorrow.”
AmeriCorps, Goodwill, Tacoma Young Professionals Network and the Youth Leadership Group from Life Center volunteered assistance and helped with outreach. Flyers were distributed to area schools, daycares and families visiting the Salvation Army, Washington Women’s Employment and Education, Tacoma Community House, Associated Ministries and others.
“We’re happy to host the breakfast every year,” said Tacoma Goodwill CEO and President Terry Hayes. “Helping and reaching out to the community at this time of year is joyous – all the families enjoying the moment and each other is what it’s all about.”