Raising funds and holiday spirits.

Problem solved:

In Milton-Freewater, Oregon, the McLoughlin High School Key Club members knew that a family in their area needed help after a fire destroyed their home. They also noticed that children who wanted to visit with Santa Claus needed to travel to a neighboring town to do so.

What was done:

Club members decided to host a Breakfast with Santa event to raise money for the family and for club needs, such as DCON registration fees. Club officers asked for donations from area businesses and signed up 15 sponsors, raising about US$600 to fund the event. They promoted the breakfast heavily on social media and posted flyers in their school. The club advisor purchased food, and the club rented space in the local community center to host the event. The Key Club’s sponsoring Kiwanis club provided a grill, and its members volunteered to cook. Key Club members tended the door, served food, washed dishes, cleaned tables and took photographs of the breakfast guests. They also decorated the building, and the Kiwanians set up a sound system to play music.

“It was a great event, and we had a great turnout,” says Key Club member Megan Norton. “Our project allowed a family to get back up on their feet, while at the same time bringing our community together. … I was tearing up with joy when I saw how happy everyone was during this event and how all our hard work had paid off.

Supplies needed:

  • Breakfast food
  • Griddle
  • Plates/cups/silverware
  • Sound system
  • Santa suit
  • Decoration

McLoughlin High School Key Club