Pancakes and pajamas Santa brunch helps sick kids on Vancouver Island

WatchJolly Old Saint Nick stopped in Victoria today for a pancakes and pajamas Santa brunch to help sick kids on Vancouver Island. Tess van Straaten has the story.

‘Twas 10 nights to Christmas and all through the hotel, little creatures in pajamas were gathered for a Santa Brunch. It’s the third annual ‘Pancakes in Pajamas’ fundraiser at the Hotel Grand Pacific in support of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

“The funds are going to towards Jeneece Place and Bear Essentials, two of our flagship programs that really support families who have kids with health challenges or need support because they’re at Victoria General Hospital,” says Veronica Carroll, CEO of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

Photos with Santa and Christmas crafts were also part of the holiday-themed family fun.

“It’s really fun and we’re so glad that Santa came and the crafts are the best thing to do, especially for little kids!” says young participant Natalie Benson.

“Just the Christmas spirit and the community coming together for a great cause is great,” adds Dana Benson.

Volunteer Laura Uppal was excited to supervise the craft table and she says it’s inspired her to get more involved with the Children’s Health Foundation.

“I learned about volunteer opportunities at Jeneece Place and that’s something I’d like to get involved with,” Uppal says.

For many people taking part in this event and others, giving back at this time of year is what the holidays are all about.

“I think it’s a part of the celebration of the season,” Carroll says. “Some families who have a little give a little and really come together to support families who really need support at this time of year.”

And we even managed to get an exclusive interview with the big man himself about how things are looking for his Christmas Eve flight.

“The weather looks like it’s going to cooperate so I don’t have to worry about that,” Santa says. “The reindeer are fed and the toys are ready.”

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