by Lisa Tome
This party was so big that both Santa and Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe attended.
The fourth annual Ravens Roost #119 breakfast for children did not disappoint. Each year, the Ravens Roost members host children from three local elementary schools - Calvert, Rising Sun, and Conowingo. This year, 48 deserving children were selected for the event.
There was breakfast for the children and their families. In addition, each child received gifts, there were crafts, and visits and photos with Santa and Poe. Armstrong provided a donation to the Ravens Roost to get the mascot to the event.
Roost president Terry Craig said the breakfast, held at American Legion Post 194, is a favorite for the roost members. "We have at least 20 members here of the 32. This is one of our favorite projects," said Craig.
Roost member Bob Fritz agreed.
"We do a lot of fundraisers all year long. We donate to the little league and give scholarships. But this event with kids at Christmas time is so rewarding. Of all the events we do, this is the one that my wife and I look forward to the most," said Fritz.
Calvert student Dominic Johnson was back at the event for his second time. "The food is good and I'm looking forward to the presents," said Johnson. His sister, Alexys, said she was looking forward to making crafts and ornaments.
The Johnson children attended the event with their grandmother, Sandi Gilbert. She said the breakfast is a great incentive for children. "It gives them something to look forward to and lets them know they behaved," said Gilbert. "Coming here is based on their behavior."
Father of four Carl Ewing brought three of his children to the breakfast. "This is good. It's nice. People come upon tough times and it's good to know that people will help out," Ewing said.
Rose Miller was at the breakfast with her grandson, great niece, and great nephew, "We have a lot to be thankful for," said Miller. "This is so overwhelming. People reach out. And the people here (roost members) look so happy doing this. They talked to us and made us feel welcome. And they look like they're enjoying it."