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Is Santa Claus learning new job skills?

Youth Shelter Care launches fundraiser featuring St. Nick, eggs

November 4, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa is trying something new. On Saturday, it will host a community breakfast featuring made-to-order omelets and pictures with Santa Claus.

The omelets will be cooked by Iowa Central Community College culinary students, with ham, onion, mushroom, cheese and peppers available, said Jennifer Schertz, YSC administrative assistant.

"We thought this would be good way to kick off the holiday shopping season," said Schertz. "And when they get their picture with Santa, by doing this so early, we thought they could turn this into Christmas greeting cards."

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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Santa recently tried his hand at making made-to-order omelets, practicing for the Nov. 10 Omelet Breakfast with Santa fundraiser at Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa. However, Iowa Central Community College culinary arts students are scheduled to take over at the stove that day. The event is from 7 to 11 a.m. at 2406 9 1/2 Ave. S.

"I know sometimes you get the picture of Santa, like, a week before Christmas, and it's after all the cards were sent," said Jim Seward, YSC executive director. " So we want this opportunity so they can use this photo for this year."

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. The money will support YSC's services.

"It's going to go to the Youth Shelter," Schertz said. "Our agency offers a variety of services through the GRLS program, crisis intervention and family counseling.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Community Omelet Breakfast with Santa

When: 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: GRLS Program, former Holy Rosary Gym, 2406 9 1/2 Ave. S.

Cost: Adults $7, kids 12 and under $4; benefits Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa

Features made-to-order omelets and a chance for photos with Santa

"Youth Shelter is a nonprofit organization. In addition to getting our funding from grants, we also look to the community for support."

Seward said the agency hasn't had a strong fundraising presence in the community in the past.

"I want to change that," he said. "We have a lot of community-based fundraisers planned for the upcoming year."

"We're just excited to provide breakfast to the neighborhood," he added.

Businesses in town are also excited, Seward said, and have donated goods to make the breakfast a success.

"Sparboe Eggs are going to donate 60 dozen - 720 eggs," he said.

Some YSC staff are going to volunteer their time to help at the breakfast, as well as Iowa Central Community College baseball players.

"Some students from our AMP - Achieving Maximum Potential - group are volunteering as well. That's a support group for kids who are in foster care, emergency and residential care," he said.

Seward was grateful for the ICCC culinary students and chef Cory Dawson, who he said agreed to help them out on short notice. He also praised Schertz's organizing the whole thing.

"She's just spearheading this and making all the connections," he said. "She's throwing out all the dots and she's making them connect."

Though this is the first time they've held this event, Seward hopes for a good turnout.

"We're planning for 300 to 400 individuals," he said. "We'll serve until the doors close or until we run out. We have 720 eggs."



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