COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An annual tradition that’s brought together families of all kinds and what better way to spend a Sunday than hanging out with Santa Claus and donating to a good cause?
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The kitchen was fired up as early as 7 A.M. where workers turned the stove on and laid out all the food. The buffet table was set up and the waffle maker machine was all ready to go.
“It’s great to see the people come in with their kids and see their smiling faces and you know, Santa handing out little presents to them and it just makes you feel good”, said Colonie Elks Lodge Chaplain Tricia Ricchuiti.
As soon as the doors opened at 8:30 A.M., people came rushing in with hungry stomachs and a ticket in their hand.
The line at the buffet table continued to grow longer by the second as people of all ages walked away with a fresh plate of food.
“We’re not all able to get together this much, you know an awful lot because there’s so many of us so it’s easy and the food’s good”, said patron Caitlin Ceehowski.
Tickets ranged from four to seven dollars and this money will go towards veterans, boy scouts, youth programs, and the United Cerebral Palsy Home Care Programs.
Who could forget Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus? Children anxiously lined up to wait their turn to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas and it sounded like Santa had a long list growing.
“Legos mountain bikes, iPads, computers, and stuffed dolls”, said Santa.
But Santa said he really doesn’t mind flying all the way from the North Pole as long as the children are happy.
“When they tell me what they want for Christmas and big smiles and the hopeful look in their eyes. The second best thing is their parents smiling when they tell Santa”, said Santa.
Breakfast with Santa went until noon time Sunday and the event brought out hundreds of people. So I’d say this was another very successful year for the Colonie Elks Lodge.