Community Stories Huntsville Adopts

Breakfast With Santa

Pancakes. Who doesn’t love pancakes? And Santa. And helping people adopt!

In December 2013, Matt and Heather Lindsey started a new tradition to help financially support bringing their daughter, Chloe, home from Korea. It was a tremendous feat, and to this day, the Breakfast with Santa fundraiser has been one of the most successful events the couple has ever hosted.

In December 2015, the Lindseys hosted what they believed would be their last Breakfast with Santa fundraiser because in just a few, short months, they would be holding Chloe in their arms. But their supporters had a different idea. Heather said several friends approached her in late 2016 to ask if they would be continuing the tradition. Turns out the Lindsey’s Breakfast with Santa fundraiser had become a part of their friends’ own family Christmas festivities.

As Christmas got closer, the Lindseys started discussing the idea of hosting Breakfast with Santa for another adopting family. Their passion stemmed from their understanding of the financial hardship of adoption brings.

“Adopting a child can cost anywhere between $30,000 to $40,000,” says Heather, “Fundraising is hard work and often requires the support of family and friends.” The Lindseys knew their community had given generously to them, and they wanted to find a way to pay it forward.

“We reached out to a family that we know who was adopting a beautiful young lady from Ukraine and were so close to the end of their journey,” Heather explains. “We shared our heart behind Breakfast with Santa to them and were so thrilled when they said yes.”

That breakfast was a huge success, and the family brought their daughter home earlier this year. It was also very special because Chloe was finally able to participate in the very fundraiser that helped bring her home.

She even got to tug on Santa’s beard!

This year, Breakfast with Santa means excitement again in the Lindsey household. They recently announced their plans to adopt again from South Korea and have already begun the long process of bringing their second daughter home.

In October, they held a yard sale where they raised just over $1,000. They have an upcoming 10-day, online adoption auction. Participants will bid on items that have been generously donated by local businesses.

And Breakfast with Santa is coming back next month!

Families attending Breakfast with Santa can enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast with a variety of topping options. When bellies are full, parents may give a donation toward the adoption and have their children’s picture taken with Santa.

“The event is truly stress-free,” says Heather. “No waiting in long lines just for a quick moment with Santa.”

Participants will get a digital email of their photo or a 4×6 copy may be requested and printed within 48 hours. “Santa wore a beautiful new suit last year with a nativity scene on the inside of his coat,” Heather described. “He’s the real deal.”

The Breakfast with Santa Adoption Fundraiser will be held at Life’s Journey Church, 926 Weatherly Road on Saturday, December 16, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adult plates are $7 and include pancakes with customizable toppings, sausage and a drink. Children’s plates are $3 and include one pancake and one sausage and access to the toppings bar. Children under 3 eat FREE.

Santa will be present between 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All proceeds go toward the Lindsey adoption fund for bringing their daughter home from South Korea. This event is open to the public.

For a link to the event, click here https://www.facebook.com/events/249350362262477

For more information on the Lindsey’s Adoption Journey, you may visit http://faithhopeandloveoutloud.blogspot.com/ .

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Danielle Hutcheson

Danielle Hutcheson

Danielle lives in Owens Cross Roads with her husband Cortney and their newborn son Killian. She is a passionate elementary school teacher who loves Jesus, singing jazz, and trying new recipes.

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