Christmas music filled the gym, kids ran around, the smell of pancakes and sausage was in the air and laughter could be heard as you stepped into the YMCA.
Local Marion police officers and firefighters were there volunteering and making pancakes. Members of the community came in to the YMCA for this delicious breakfast, and so their kids could visit with Santa.
Aside from police officers and firefighters, there were many others who volunteered. Among the volunteers was Debbie Berbereia, wife of Rick Berbereia, executive director for The Grant County Rescue Mission.
Berbereia said, “We (my husband and I) just feel like nonprofits should support each other. So every time we get the opportunity to serve in another nonprofit, we gladly do it. We just love the opportunity to be out in the public.”
Berbereia said that she puts the people she has the opportunity to serve first on her list of things she’s enjoyed about this event. She had a fun time watching the excitement of both the parents and kids that came in.
Between a visit from Santa, pancakes and kids coming in, David Gilbert, a policeman with the Marion Police Department, said this event isn’t something people would want to miss out on. He said he hopes they do it again next year, and that he can be apart of it then.
Libby Root, program director of the YMCA, organized the event. She said this is an event that used to take place at the Applebees in Marion, but they haven’t done anything the past couple years. They hope to make this breakfast with Santa at the YMCA an annual event.