For many Los Alamos residents, the holiday light parade and tree lighting at Ashley Pond are probably the highlights of Winterfest. But many of the day’s events are not only community celebrations but also fundraisers for local nonprofits.
Kiwanis Los Alamos’ annual “Breakfast with Santa” raises money for a Christmas party and presents for area foster children in Española and for other initiatives that benefit kids. Both breakfast and photos with Santa are provided on a donation only basis. The Kiwanis also take in canned food donations for LA Cares during the event.
Del Norte Credit Union sponsored the breakfast, donating $1,500 to purchase 150 pounds of pancake mix, 1,400 sausages, 60 pounds of liquid eggs, 12 32-ounce containers of orange juice, 30 containers of chocolate milk, 50 containers of white milk and five gallons of maple syrup.
According to organizer John Arrowsmith, almost all those supplies had run out by 10:15 a.m. Arrowsmith and other organizers believe this year had the best turnout ever, with more than 850 people attending. Volunteers took more than 350 photos with Santa.
“So we’re doing very well today. It’s exciting. It’s exciting to see so many young families come out,” Arrowsmith said.