© Austin M. Davis
Jade Ranger-Bryson, 7, was having so much fun making paper chains at the pancake breakfast on Saturday that she didn't want to leave.
Tickets to see Santa on Saturday morning were the hottest ones in town.
“We were sold out,” said Corinne Damaskie, YMCA manager of communications. “Both seatings sold 125 ticket.”
The Moose Jaw Family YMCA breakfast with Santa was held at St. Joseph Parish. Hungry families were served first at 9 a.m., followed by a second seating at 11 a.m.
But Al Rossler, treasurer for the local Knights of Columbus chapter, was in the kitchen much earlier than that.
“I was here about 10 after six to get the sausages going and get the coffee going,” Rossler said.
Other Knights of Columbus started showing up around 7:30.
Rossler didn’t have an exact figure for how much food was served and eaten Saturday morning, but it was a lot.
“I’m going to say probably 40, 50 pounds of sausages,” Rossler said. “A bunch of berries, whipped cream, four jugs of syrup.”
And that went on top of a bunch of pancakes.
All of the food was donated by Superstore.
The food was so good young kids wanted second helpings. Very specific second helpings.
“This was at the first sitting and everyone was pretty much done,” Rossler said. “This little guy comes back and says, ‘I want two more pancakes and three sausage!’ That was his seconds. He was kind of cute.”
Besides cooking and keeping track of funny and cute stories, the Knights of Columbus donated $1,500 to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
All ticket proceeds also went to the Strong Kids Campaign.
“At the YMCA, nobody's ever denied access due to the inability to pay the full fee,” Damaskie said. “Through the YMCA Strong Kids campaign, we sponsor programs, memberships, day camps, afterschool programs, just any aspect of the YMCA that would typically have a fee.”
The festive charitable spirit was alive and well in every aspect of the breakfast with Santa: support from the community for buying tickets, support from the Knights of Columbus for cooking and support from Superstore for donating the food.
“Typically in a year we raise around that $100,000 mark,” Damaskie said. “This gets us that much closer.
“The YMCA is a community-based organization and we couldn’t do it without everybody.”