Making his list and checking it twice: Breakfast with Santa promotes holiday—and community—spirit

Plainville firefighters reminded parents to clean their chimneys for fire safety…and for Santa. On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Plainville Fire Company hosted a breakfast with Santa, and children took advantage of the opportunity to share their Christmas wishes. Above, Bryce Procko (6 months) and Hannah Procko (3)—both currently on the good list—pose for a photo with Santa. (Photo by Janelle Morelli)



Hundreds of Plainville residents made their way to the fire house on West Main Street on Sunday, Dec. 8, to enjoy a community breakfast, meet Santa Claus, and to support their friends and neighbors.

Fire Company family member, Leatha Toner, explained that the fundraiser started about 9 years ago and has grown each year. Annually the fire department can expect to see between 600 and 700 people at the event, and ticket funds are used to benefit the community in various ways. Funds are used to benefit scholarships, the Plainville Community Food Pantry, fuel assistance, and sometimes are donated to The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

Captain David Massey was just one of the firefighters manning the grills set up in the truck bay, serving up a full breakfast spread of plain or chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and home fries.

The Plainville Fire Department hosted a breakfast with Santa last Sunday. From left, Nicole Palmeiri, Jaimeson McVicker, Tammy Cote, and Leuitenant Doug Marcarelli cook chocolate chip pancakes. (Photo by Janelle Morelli)

“We get a good support from the town just like every other function,” said Massey. “We appreciate them coming out every year. We see the same faces every year and we really appreciate their support.”

Throughout the firehouse you could feel the excitement as the town’s youngest residents climbed throughout the fire trucks and waited patiently to deliver their Christmas letters and wishes to Santa.

After enjoying their breakfast, residents were invited to meet with Santa all while enjoying the holiday decorations, and the streaming of the popular Christmas movie, “Polar Express.”

Ilyssa Hollis, 6, said she enjoyed being able to pretend driving one of the bright red trucks, and was equally excited to tell Santa about her Christmas wish – to receive a light up hula hoop. Her cousin Hannah Procko, 3, seemed just as excited to give Santa her homemade letter, just before asking him for a brand new Barbie doll.

Plainville resident Bryan Pavlowitz and his family said they were enjoying attending the breakfast for the first time. His son Clayton, 3, said his favorite part of the event was being able to play in a fire truck, including ringing the truck’s bell.

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