The holidays are a great time of year for many of us. It is a time of unity among families and the sense of anticipation in the air cannot be missed! Unfortunately, many families in our county have come to dread the holiday season. They may not have a warm home to celebrate in, a special meal, a tree, or presents for the children.
About 15 years ago, Amy Newman, a Girl Scout working on her Gold Award decided to collect food, blankets, and clothing for a Christmas morning breakfast at the Pioneer Courthouse Square. The small gathering quickly turned into a large event and led volunteers in our area to begin a similar effort.
Our event offers a hot meal, warm clothes, toys for the kids, and food to take home. More importantly, it gives everyone a sense of togetherness that might be absent in a cold home or a lonely sleeping bag.
With the Girl Scout organization sponsorship, the breakfast is fast becoming a major Girl Scout event. In 2000, Girl Scout Troop 879 held a food drive to help fill up food boxes and created treats for our guests.
By 2001, the word of this event spread and 25 troops became involved. The 2003 breakfast had a huge turnout with over 2,000 guests and 300 volunteers with the 2004 Breakfast bigger yet.
Work is underway for the 2014 breakfast. With the continued support of the community and donations from the wonderful companies, organizations, and families of Washington county, we will be able to again make the holidays a special time for volunteers and guests!