Pancakes and Pajamas: Twin Cedars hosts first-time event, even gets Santa to attend

Published 11:10 am Friday, December 22, 2023

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Twin Cedars has created a syrupy sweet new holiday to help kids in need.

Safe Families for Children West Georgia, a program of Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, hosted the first Pancakes and Pajamas with Santa event on Monday, Dec. 18, at Del’avant Event Center in LaGrange.

The event center was filled with 250 children and their parents for a fun-filled event featuring pancakes, bacon, fruit, syrup, whipped topping and sprinkles.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to take pictures with Christmas’ first couple. Mrs. Claus read them a storybook, and there was a nutcracker and three ballerinas to mingle and take photos. The event featured fun crafts, letters to Santa and other holiday activities for kids.

Michelle Partain Photography photographed each child and their families with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Dancers were from Lafayette Center for Dance and the Nutcracker was from Royal Dance Academy.

Each table was beautifully decorated by businesses or individuals in the community and featured themes such as Frozen, Grinch, Peanuts, Gingerbread, Nutcrackers, and more.

Many individuals and businesses who decorated or sponsored the event. Frankinsense Sponsors were 4H Clearing and Grading, GW Landscapes, Carlisle Companies, and River City Contracting. Myrrh Sponsors were Children’s Clinic of LaGrange, LLC, Childress Dental Center, Go Realty, Pediatric Associates of LaGrange, The Medicine Cabinet, True North Investments, Sherry Hart and Cynthia Hull.

The event serves as a fundraiser event to benefit Safe Families for Children. Safe Families wraps around families experiencing a crisis and connects them to a caring, compassionate community. Through many different volunteer roles, Safe Families serves families who lack social networks and live in isolation without the support of family and friends. Churches and families become families for children who are in jeopardy of moving into foster care because of a temporary situation with their families.