Continuing its oldest tradition, Wyoming Area's Kiwanis chapter hosted its 18th annual Breakfast with Santa at Wyoming Area High School.
It's our major outreach to the community, but it's also a fundraiser, chapter President Carl Worthington said.
Children joined their parents in eating chocolate chip pancakes and whispering their deepest wishes to the senior elf in red while a photographer snapped pictures for their parents.
Sitting across from her mom and little brother, Olivia, 9, polished off a plate of pancakes and said she had not spoken to Santa yet, but was hoping for a Barbie doll for Christmas – particularly one from Monster High, a spooky-themed series from the iconic girls' toymaker.
Robert Orlando, the chapter's past president, wiped his hands on his apron and said the club aimed to serve about 500 meals that day to children and parents alike.
In addition to sponsoring the high school's Key Club and builders club, Kiwanis members fund a Little League team and cook meals for the Ronald McDonald House in Scranton.
They also contribute to Kiwanis International which carries out the club's mission to foster childhood health and development and the money they raise will directly further these causes.
Leo Skoronsky, Key Club president and a junior at Wyoming Area, leads the school organization of about 100 students and has worked with the Kiwanis charter since his freshman year.
He said Key Club members oversee serving the food and clean up, while the Kiwanians do all the cooking.
Bill Martin, chapter treasurer, said food was the event's largest expense, somewhere between $500 and $600, though he had not received a food bill from the school yet. The Christmas tree and decorations were donated by members.
At the end of the day, the charter brought in around $2,500 after expenses, an affair Orlando called one of the top three Breakfast with Santa events he could recall, counting meals served and the kind compliments he and other members of the team received.