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Breakfast with Santa raising funds for local Toys for Tots

Families can get free breakfast and a photo with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the donation of a new unwrapped toy at the eighth annual Breakfast with Santa.

The breakfast will be hosted by Nissan of Picayune, located at 239 Frontage Rd. from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. that day and includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee said Sales Owner Loyalty Manager Tana Cochran.

The annual breakfast collects items for the Picayune Toys For Tots, which gives away toys to families in need within Pearl River County.

Toys For Tots typically gives away toys to 850 children in the county, and parents are usually able to pick out five toys per child, said Toys for Tots Coordinator Theresa Milar.

In previous years, the breakfast has cost $5 per person plus a toy donation, but this year Nissan will pay for the breakfast to make it easier for families with multiple children to attend, Cochran said. Although the breakfast is free, reservations are preferred so that organizers know how much food to prepare. To make a reservation call 601-889-5465, ext. 465.

Santa will also be accompanied by new guests at the breakfast—Frozen characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf will be available for photos. The photos are digital and can be sent to parents’ phones.

Toys for Tots has approximately 50 drop off locations for donations, including the Picayune Police Department and the Senior Center of South Pearl River County. Community members can also donate online by selecting Picayune Toys For Tots on the national organization’s website.

Applications to receive toys will be accepted from Monday Dec. 2 through Dec. 7 at the World Outreach Revival Center Church, located at 900 Cayten St., Picayune. Monday Dec. 2 through Friday, applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 7. Applicants need to present their photo ID, proof of residency in Pearl River County and birth certificates for each child.

For more information on Toys for Tots call 601-590-6676.