Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Breakfast With Santa and the Zoo Run Safari for Children's Stars

Written by  December 3, 2020

  Well we managed to get the Breakfast with Santa done this year.....in the midst of Covid!

 

  Our longstanding partners in the Breakfast with Santa events has been Chic-Fil-A in Leeds, Alabama. This year, while still partners, the store, in observance of the Corona guidelines, had restricted group events, so we were left with finding another location to host the event. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (the church we attend) had the perfect spot, the gym. It was large enough that we could spread out the tables to maintain social distancing and there were no other people other than the families and Santa of course. We did also have Larry the "Magic Man" return this year and bring some of his balloon creations to life along with wowing them with a few magic tricks.

  Friday, the day before the event, we went over to the gym and spent the day setting up and spacing out tables and chairs and the fun part....decorating! We even took the Christmas tree down there to decorate along with all 7 of the tables and around the room. Santa, (Stephen Whitley, one of the Faith Riders), came and dropped off his "Santa Chair", which was really big and beautiful and something he himself had made. We even got little poinsettia's to go on the tables for the families to take home with them at the end of the day. We were at Lowe's Friday morning for their Black Friday sale, at 6am, something we would NEVER do; just so we could get a special deal on those so we would have plenty to go around. Amazing what you will go through for a very good reason!

  We did up stockings for each of the kids, with theirs names on them, filled the bottom of each with candy donated by the Veterans Brotherhood and Shannon, with Chic-Fil-A in Leeds brought little Chic-Fil-A cows to go in there as well. Shannon also was gracious enough to bring the breakfast to us and stay to help serve everyone and visit with the families. I think she even got her picture made with Santa!

  We had gotten little sun catchers and clear ball ornaments along with paints, brushes, glitter, rhinestones, etc. for them to fill the ornaments with and to decorate them.

  We told the families that they could come in their PJ's, I was told by mom Kim Eaton, that Miss Autumn had already picked out her Christmas dress to wear, so she wouldn't be wearing her PJ's. The Canada kids, Braxton, Benny & the newest addition, Brooks came in their matching Christmas shirts that were SO cute and mom and dad, Katy & John helped them with their ornament decorating. Christi and Luke Allen's cuties came in their matching PJ's that were telling Santa that they "could explain" Ha! Ha! I asked why mom and dad didn't wear their PJ's and Christi said that we weren't ready for all that! Christi also had told me that the boys had no idea where they were going when they left the house, so it was a great surprise for them.

   Rounding out our guest list for this year was, Alisha and Brian Cordell, with their precious little princess warrior, Brianna. Brother Logan couldn't join us, as he had to work. We had three other families scheduled to come but the onset of sickness kept them from attending.

  Everyone arrived with their masks on and were very appreciative of the location allowing for not only the social distancing but also plenty of room for the kids to run around and not have to worry about disrupting customers. They are all like one big family, and all know each other. They got to take pictures not only with Santa, but also with each other and they ended up helping each other with some of their decorating.

  The kids got a big kick out of trying out Santa's big chair before he got there. And once he arrived, there was plenty of room for them to get up there with him to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Miss Autumn even drew him a pretty picture of a rainbow that included her favorite color; PINK.

  Everyone had such a good time visiting with one another and got some wonderful pictures, ate a good breakfast, picked up some balloon creations, got to see a little magic, took home some new ornaments for their trees and got to get their Christmas wishes told to Santa.

  I think we may have to try and secure this location again next year! 2020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 12020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 22020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 32020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 42020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 52020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 62020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 72020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 82020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 82020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 102020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 92020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 112020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 122020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 132020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 142020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 152020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 162020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 172020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 182020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 192020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 202020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 212020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 222020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 232020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 242020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 252020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 262020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 272020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 282020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 292020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 302020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 312020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 322020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 32 a2020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 332020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 342020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 352020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 362020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 372020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 382020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 392020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 402020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 412020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 422020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 432020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 442020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 452020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 462020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 472020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 482020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 492020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 502020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 512020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 522020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 532020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 542020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 552020 breakfast with Santa and the zoo run safari for childrens stars 56