Fire Academy Workers Serve Up Breakfast to Help Operation Santa Claus

Workers at the NH Fire Academy got into the holiday spirit a bit early this week, holding a breakfast fundraiser Wednesday morning to raise money for children they’ve sponsored through Operation Santa Claus.

Denice McAdoo, one of the breakfast’s organizers, said they tried to put a different spin on their usual fundraising.

“We sponsor children every year,” McAdoo said. “We tried to come up with something different, and people love to have breakfast. It’s going to be a success.”

Attendees paid $5 for a breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit and drinks. Numerous volunteers, including Andy Anderson, Joe Samson and Bob Pragoff were hard at work in the kitchen all morning cranking out food.

“Most of the food was donated by people at the academy, so all the proceeds will go directly to the children,” said Brenda Marston, who along with McAdoo came up with the idea for the breakfast. Marston said workers sponsored a family that had been displaced by fire, something that hit home for them.

Heather Newland, another volunteer at the breakfast, said they were expecting a decent turnout.

“We sold about 40 or 45 tickets,” she said, which she hoped would cover their sponsor children and then-some.

“We took the four, and the hope is to go back for more names,” she said.

Are you doing something different to help Operation Santa Claus children this year? Let us know. To sponsor a child, you can Linda Farrell at   You may also download the Operation Santa Claus sponsor form here

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