Originally created 12/24/06

Kids have special time with Santa



Dec. 16 was special for Laila Evans.

"It's her first chance to see Santa Claus - we're excited for her," said Laila's father, Samuel Evans, as he and his wife, Shantay, helped their 2-year-old daughter with a bowl of cereal.

Jessica Campbell, the recreation program coordinator at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, said about 50 families took part in this year's Breakfast with Santa at the center.

"I love seeing the kids dress up in their Christmas outfits so their parents can take pictures. I think it's really cute," she said. "They enjoy the interaction with Santa that they might not get elsewhere."

Harvey Key said his daughters Pamela, 4, and Jessica, 7, had fun making holiday crafts at the event.

"The city of Aiken does a very good job of sponsoring events that involve the entire family - especially children - and this is the culmination of the year," Mr. Key said. "It's wonderful that the city takes the effort to reinforce family values and camaraderie with all the residents of Aiken."

Christina Setters, said her daughter Krislynn, 5, liked talking with Santa. Brenden Lundy, 8, had some last-minute gift requests for Santa.

"He wants games for his (Nintendo) GameCube," said his mother, Sarah Lundy.