Volunteers provided Agassiz seniors with a hot breakfast and holiday cheer at the legion on Dec. 25, 2019. (Contributed)

Volunteers provide annual holiday breakfast to Agassiz seniors

The Agassiz Centre for Education started the tradition in 2011

Volunteers provided Agassiz seniors with a hot breakfast and holiday cheer on Christmas Day at the legion, carrying on the tradition the Agassiz Centre for Education started in 2011.

Sandy Balascak, who helped organize the annual Christmas morning for seniors, told the Observer the event gives a warm feeling to volunteers and seniors alike when they attend.

“Looking around the room, you see people who are happy and feel welcome, and part of the community,” Balascak said in an email.

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She said some volunteers have been involved since the first breakfast almost 10 years ago, including Justin Sandar, who dressed up as Santa Claus and took pictures with attendees.

“They laugh and have a great time,” she said.

“The dedication of everyone is really quite amazing. It is a lot of work putting on a large meal, but they do it, with smiles and no complaints.”

This year the breakfast ran from 8 to 10 a.m., and included scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausages, hash browns, and toast.

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