BREAKFAST WITH SANTA @ CHESTNUT RIDGE RESORT, BLAIRSVILLE PA
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th AT 10:00AM
$13.95/PP AND KIDS UNDER 4 EAT FREE!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY!
724-459-7191 EXT 111
“Our goal is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.” -Toys for Tots.
I shared this same story with you last year……
When I was about Mallory’s age, I remember standing in line at one of the local churches. It was cold and we could see our breath…..and I remember watching other Mom’s carrying out boxes. My mom was about 23 at the time with an 8 year old and a 4 year old…and since my dad was working she had no one to watch us while she “ran her errands”. On this particular day, my sister and I watched as Mom picked up a box of toys that had been donated by complete strangers and given to the local churches for families like ours..needy families! My dad worked countless hours to earn a paycheck to live in a trailer (that had seen better days) and to drive beat up cars. There were no more pennies to pinch for the holidays, my Mom had pinched them as far as they could possibly be pinched. At the time, I never worried about things like that…honestly, at the time I had no clue what my parents were going thru…but looking back, it was so obvious. That was the year I got a Strawberry Short Cake suitcase filled with Barbie dolls and a Rainbow Bright doll.
I’m not sure why THAT particular memory sticks…….and most people would be insanely embarrassed. Not me. I figure that I remember it to make me humble and to constant reminder of how I see the world. I choose to believe that there are GOOD people out there. Sure, eventually our family got out of the hard times we were experiencing with some hard work and determination but I’ll never forget where I came from….and the COMPLETE strangers out there who were willing to make our Christmas a little brighter. Trust me, it didn’t go unnoticed! Often times when I post to Facebook about some act of kindness I’ve witnessed, lots of people are so quick to jump on the “ohh, wow, you mean there are still honest, kind people out there?”. My answer is YES…..there are. You just have to learn to see it!
This year we want to do the same as last year. We want to spread the love and do something GOOD for the families that were just like mine. But I need your help to get the word out. If you will be coming to Breakfast with Santa on December 7th at Chestnut Ridge AND you bring along an unused, unopened toy to be donated to Toys for Tots, that will be distributed in your community, your name will be entered into drawing for a chance to win a complimentary gift certificate with me to be used towards a family session (with ALL digital files-a $950 value). The more toys you bring, the more chances you get!
This is just a small sample of what you guys brought last year!
We will be drawing the winner that day at the end of the event…but you DON’T need to be present to win! Please keep in mind, this is NOT a requirement to attend, but for those of you who do bring a donated toy, you could be leaving with a certificate for some pretty kick butt photos and be helping out some kids in need.
Not signed up to attend yet? Give the folks at Chestnut a call to reserve your spot….this is a reservation only event, so please call or email ahead to reserve your spot. ( 724-459-7191 ext 111) They sell out fast…SO FAR-they have almost 200 people pre-registered! Not sure what Breakfast with Santa is? Check out last year’s post here: http://jenmckenphoto.com/2011/12/breafast-with-santa-chestnut-ridge-resort-blairsville-pa-photographer/
Can’t wait to see everyone!!! If you’re local…help me spread the word!
**PLEASE NOTE: We’re doing things a little bit differently this year. Due to some technical difficulties last year and to keep things moving in a timely manner-we will not be handing out 5×7 printed images this year. Instead, after the event, we will give you the website to which you can go to and download the digital file(s), save them directly onto your computer and share them with friends and family. And no…they will not be watermarked- they are yours to use as you see fit and reproduce- and YES it does include the printing rights! <3 AND as always, you are welcomed to bring along your own camera for a few photos of your own!
This is my photo with Santa last year…I can’t wait to get a new one with the “NEW” me this year! <3
SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!