For many men, women and children living in poverty in this great nation, the holidays can be a reminder of the hard times that are a constant force in the lives of people in need. Low-income rural families in northern Mingo County, West Virginia needed an opportunity this December to enjoy a family event that does not put strain on a budget, or worry on minds. The closest place these families could travel to buy expensive pictures with Santa Claus is Williamson, West Virginia, a town that could be anywhere from 25 to 30 miles away, unimaginable for people on tight budgets.
The first annual Breakfast with Santa holiday party, made possible through Americans Helping Americans® supporters, gave 46 individuals a chance to spend time together as a family, engage in fellowship as a community and enabled little ones to fulfill Christmas dreams and sit upon Santa’s lap. Family pictures were taken with Santa and Christmas frames were provided along with breakfast and door prizes.
A mother participating in the Breakfast with Santa party told Americans Helping Americans® volunteers, “I just happened to have this Saturday off work and had all my kids and grandchildren together. This was the perfect opportunity for us to do something together as a family, without it costing us anything. Thank you so much for doing this”.
With the help of our loyal supporters, Americans Helping Americans served over 1,784 men, women and children this holiday season.