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Breakfast with Santa aids food pantry

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 11:27 AM

HUNTINGTON -- After a round-up of Saturday morning breakfasts in the Tri-State, Santa should be sufficiently stuffed.

Santa made his appearance at a breakfast hosted at the Pullman Plaza Hotel Saturday morning, an event co-sponsored by St. Mary's Medical Center and the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. More than 100 guests dined on fresh fruit, pancakes, bacon and sausage, eggs, muffins, cereal and more. Children also participated in a craft station where they could decorate an ornament and a cupcake station where they could show their sweet creativity.

"It makes you feel good to have an event like this, get some icing on your hands, and get down with the jolly old elf," said Natalie Blackwelder, the hotel's director of sales and marketing.

Five-year-old Chloe Smalley attended the event and said her favorite part was the crafts.

"I made a snowflake for my Mommy," said Smalley, accompanied by her mom, RaShawna Smalley.

Nicole Boster said she attended with her daughter, Lily, to see Santa in person. Lily's favorite part was crafting an ornament and a Christmas cupcake.

"We chose to attend the breakfast with Santa to see the man in red and help raise money for the food pantry," Boster said. "Fun was had by all."

Blackwelder said the event, while fun, served a greater purpose.

"We're really doing this to help the Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry," she said. "We asked everyone to bring boxes of their favorite cereal. Hopefully, the parents let the kids go and pick out a box of their favorite to share, to try to help beef up the food banks a little."

Last year, the hotel teamed with the Hoops Family Children's Hospital to provide art supplies for their art cart.

"It's all about thinking of someone else and helping out in the community," Blackwelder said.

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