ANSONIA – Santa Claus arrived in Ansonia at the Ansonia Parks Committee’s Breakfast With Santa on Dec. 2 at the American Legion.
Betty Burnfield, who has been organizing this event under the parks committee on her own for eight years, said 180 children attended the breakfast which lasted from 9 to 11 a.m.
“It’s a big crowd,” she said. “They have been outside the door since 8:45 a.m. We always have over 150 kids, but we had that many by 9:15. That doesn’t even count the parents and other adults in attendance.”
“I think this was the biggest one of all,” Burnfield said. “I want to thank all my volunteers. Your help is greatly appreciated. Special thanks goes to our Santa, who did such a great job, and to all the guys from the fire department, Mayor Rick Lee, Police Chief Frank Shapiro, the American Legion, Linda Leeper (who provided entertainment) and all of our cooks and servers: Jerry and Ruth Koverman, Troy Kammer and our elf, Alice Young. Also, Ashlyn Farrier, Dylan Burnfield, Breanna Burnfield, Missy Widener, Linda Johnston, John Dingman and to all the area businesses for your donations.”
Pancakes, sausage, eggs juice and coffee were served at the event, which was open to the public.
Children received candy and gifts.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dylan Burnfield looks on as his little friend, Tristen Livingston, visits with Santa Claus at the Breakfast With Santa in Ansonia last weekend. (Linda Moody photo)