CHILLICOTHE - Altrusa International of Chillicothe, IL Inc. recently presented a check for $810 to Sarah Williamson for the Annual Santa’s Brunch held Dec. 8 at Happy Thought Coffee. Sarah has been putting on this event free-of-charge for local children for nine years. Not only has she been funding the brunch mostly on her own with a few donations, but she also shuts down her business for half a day to do it. There were three sessions for this year’s Santa’s Brunch: 11 a.m., 12 noon, and 1 p.m. During that time, the kids decorated a cookie, made an ornament, had brunch with their parents, then visited with Santa and received a small gift and goodie bag. The event usually draws about 100 kids plus parents.
In lieu of exchanging Christmas gifts, Altrusa women donated the money to support one of their own members in her efforts to serve others. It was also a way to provide a little happiness for area children.