BRISTOL - Santa made his annual visit to Bristol on Saturday, drawing hundreds of children anxious to sit on his lap and tell him their Christmas wishes.
“It’s amazing,” Don Soucy said of the turnout at the 24th Annual Breakfast with Santa at the Giamatti Little League Center. He added that it seemingly gets bigger and bigger each year.
Soucy, an organizer of the Secret Santa Society, which puts on the event every year, said the breakfast wouldn’t be possible without all the volunteers who help, including those from Chippens Hill Middle School, West Bristol School, Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury and the Bristol Exchange Club, in addition to Soucy’s wife and some friends.
“Santa and his elf are great too,” Soucy said.
Shawn Carmody visited the breakfast with his two daughters, ages 5 and 2.
“We do breakfast with Santa every year,” Carmody said. “We know the elf who helps out with Santa.”
“I’m surprised they get this many people to come,” Carmody continued. “It’s a nice thing that they do.”
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and Councilman Peter Kelley also attended the breakfast. Kelley said it was his first time attending, adding that he was very impressed.
“This is great,” the councilman said.
“I just think this is a great representation of what the community is about,” the mayor said. “This gives kids a good kickoff to the holiday season, and I hope these are the memories these children have of Bristol.”
Zoppo-Sassu and Kelley also praised all the volunteers who helped out Saturday.
Soucy added that the event raises a number of essentials for those less fortunate. The Secret Santa Society raises and donates toys, coats and boots for children and gift cards for 31 teens in the Cambridge Park housing project.
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