PDT Staff Writer
The Village of New Boston hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event and parade on Saturday.
James Warren, the Mayor of New Boston, said he has been sponsoring the event for nearly 20 years. Warren said the funds to host the event are provided by his Warren trust fund.
“I have been sponsoring this since 1994, its to bring the community together, so that we can get to know one another and to socialize,” Warren said.
The breakfast menu consisted of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee, and milk.
Warren said New Boston City officials, community members and firemen volunteer to help with the event and to ensure that it is successful.
The line to meet and greet with Santa Claus was long, but more than 300 kids waited to make their requests known.
Tanya Salyers, a community member brought her 3-year-old son, Calder, to have breakfast with Santa.
“I think that its a really great event for the kids, and to celebrate Christmas. There are a lot of communities that don’t get to do things like this,” Salyers said.
Opal Spears Porter said the annual Breakfast with Santa is beneficial to the community.
“I have been a part of this since the first time, and each year it just gets better and better. It provides an opportunity for people who don’t know their neighbors to be able to come and fellowship, and to see that the community cares about them,” Porter said.
Each child that participated was allowed to sit on Santa’s lap, talk with him briefly, and then pick out one toy to take home.
The parade featured floats from local churches, clubs, and organizations with festive holiday decorations.
“We just want everyone to have a good time, that is what it is all about, bringing the community together,” Warren said.
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