By NATALIE SCOTT
The downtown YMCA hosted the Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 15, which has been sponsored by Meridian Community Care for more than 20 years. This event supplies hundreds of children around the Valley with holiday cheer, who otherwise may not have had any.
The Santa breakfast was coordinated by student volunteers from PANDA Leaders Clubs around the area. They served breakfast, coordinated photos with Santa and helped distribute toys to kids.
“This event is really important to a lot of families in the community,” said Cassie Kays, a PANDA volunteer from Mineral Ridge. “I think it helps a lot of people and it’s a good thing to do.”
Schools participating in the event included Poland Middle School, Lowellville Middle and High Schools, Austintown Middle School, Boardman Center and Glenwood Middle Schools, and Boardman High School. Many of these schools set up Giving Trees in their buildings, which provided more than 500 presents.
Many local business also contributed, including Rulli Brothers (Austintown), Giant Eagle (Boardman, Canfield, Poland), Arby’s (Austintown), Denny’s (Austintown), Kentucky Fried Chicken (Austintown), Red Lobster (Boardman), Taco Bell (Boardman), Eat’n Park (Austintown) and Wendy’s (Boardman).
To learn more about Meridian Community Care, visit www.meridiancommunitycare.org.