Those who attend the annual Ravens Roost #119 breakfast with Santa, aren't necessarily Cecil's less fortunate.
Sometimes children and their families are selected to attend because they've had a bad year.
That was how Calvert Elementary School guidance counselor Diane Little explained the selection process for the annual event, held recently at American Legion Post 194. The way it works, is that staff from Calvert, Conowingo, and Rising Sun elementary schools all recommend students who they think should attend.
"Sometimes families have a hardship or a death. This is not just for those with a financial need. This makes a hard holiday a little brighter," said Little.
Rising Sun Elementary principal Cindy Fitzpatrick said she and a counselor choose those who attend. For some, it's a reward of time together as a family.
Then those children and their families attend the breakfast, have the meal, do crafts, and receive a gift from Santa. This year, 63 children from 29 families turned out. More than 120 meals were served.
Roost president Terry Craig said the breakfast is the Roost members favorite activity of the year. They all get to be involved and help. There were more than 20 volunteers and some roost members brought family to help.
Joy Grant is the school nurse at Calvert. "It's very special for them to have breakfast with Santa and get out with their families. I love this. It's one of my favorite events," Grant said.
Glen Hinkle volunteers for the Ravens Roost. "It's nice to see the kids and help people out at Christmas. Christmas should be a joyous time," said Hinkle. He bought Legos for a child who attended. "There are so many different kinds of Legos. We try to get something nice for the kids, not cheap," he said.
Vicky Lepper attended the breakfast for the first time accompanied by three children. "Everybody is so nice here," Lepper said.
Vince Yale, a member of the Ravens Roost, said he enjoys helping every year.