The Phelps Student Council helped with the event day set-up, serving, reindeer games, selling baked goods and at the door tickets and clean up. Additionally, they helped with pre-event ticket sales and donation collections at both Trig’s in Eagle River and Pick n’ Save. Both stores graciously permitted the students to set up a table for their events. Pick n’ Save also donated towards the breakfast foods purchase. Several other area businesses, Phelps Convenience Center, Great Escape Bar & Resort, Village Barber, Phelps Chamber of Commerce, Northern Exposure, Sand Lake Pub and Dublin’s Bar & Grill took part in the pre-ticket sales and donation cans at their places of business.
There were approximately 100 meals served over the 3-hour breakfast event. Both the young and the young at heart attended the breakfast. Several multi-generational families also enjoyed a meal with Santa. Home-made baked goodies were donated by community members and sold as well, as part of the fundraiser. Additionally, 35 items where collected for the Headwaters Food Pantry totaling 24.55 pounds of food. To encourage the non-perishable food item donations, Phelps Outdoors and Colin Crawford’s Guide Service donated a stocking with several Christmas themed items plus a Bluetooth children’s speaker. Everyone who brought food donations received a free raffle entry for every item into the stocking drawing. Tickets were also available for the stocking by purchase without a food pantry donation. Levi C. won the raffle drawing which was done by Santa at the end of the event. He accepted his stocking from Santa with an ear to ear grin of joy and excitement.
The Crawfords presented a check in the amount of $140.00 to the Phelps Student Council for their assistance. Jacki Risjord, on behalf of the Warm the Children Fund, accepted a donation check in the amount of 1260.00 to aid in the children’s winter clothing program. Mark your calendars now for December 7, 2019 so you don’t miss out on this fundraiser that aids in helping local children stay warm, all while enjoying a breakfast with Santa. Thank you to all the area businesses that assisted in ticket sales and allowed the placement of donation cans and those that attended, baked and donated for helping make this fundraiser a success! It is because this wonderful Northwoods Community does ban together to contribute in a multitude of ways to make a difference that we are able to help this worthy cause that directly benefits many local children with new warm winter clothing.