LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Sure, we've all written letters to Santa. But how many of you can say you've had breakfast with Santa?
On Dec. 2 the Greater Little Rock Chapter of Jack and Jill provided hundreds of kids an unforgettable experience with the big man himself. They aim to celebrate diversity and shaped this visit with Santa to be something children of color can identify with.
"Santa can be any color,” said Ryan Davis, one of many parents at the 13th annual Breakfast with Santa this morning.
“We provide a full breakfast, photos with Santa, reading time with Mrs. Clause and various arts and crafts,” Chapter President, Ashia Muhammad said.
The Greater Little Rock Chapter of Jack and Jill provided families at Martin Luther King Elementary holiday cheer and lasting memories.
“We think traditions are important",” Davis said.
This tradition has been making a difference in the community since 2004.
Jack and Jill of America has been around since 1938. It works to strengthen children through community service, advocacy and giving.
“We've changed locations about 3 times and have added different sponsors so we can have more activities for the kids. Its keeps growing year after year,” Muhammad said.
The Christmas celebration is open to anyone who lives in the area. There are over 230 Jack and Jill Chapters nationwide.
“One thing we do with this one is provide a black Santa, so students of color can actually take a picture with a Santa Clause that looks like them,” she added.
Parents are thankful their kids have an opportunity to see an important figure who they resemble.
"I think it confirms for them that goodness can be wrapped in multiple packages,” said Davis.
The local Jack and Jill chapter also hosted a bike give away this morning and raffled off gift cards, plus other items.