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It was the annual Community for Kids Breakfast hosted by the Allen County Department of Children Services. Juvenile Judge Todd Kohlrieser was the keynote speaker and was asked to inspire those attending. A big task he says as we spend many of our days seeing the worst in people. He asked everyone to do three things each day that he says can make a difference.

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Cridersville’s Christmas on Main Street is back, and kids were ready to have a little adventure. The kids picked up a passport and traveled to around a dozen locations around the village to get it stamped.  Then they entered their passport in a drawing to get to take home a toy.  The Cridersville Fire Department also held their annual pancake breakfast to raise money for their “Books for Kids” program.  The money they raise goes to help purchase books for students at the Cridersville elementary.

“There are less fortunate people that cannot afford a book, and the children are our future, so that is why we do what we do,” says Chief Rick Miller of the Cridersville Fire Department.  “It started 15, 18 years ago just for that reason and it’s been a good cause for us ever since.”

In 2020, the event was a drive thru only because of the pandemic.

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It was a packed house for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and Savior's Grace Ministries’ first ever Breakfast with Santa. People enjoyed pancakes and sausage and kids even got the chance to take pictures with Santa Claus. Over the past couple of weeks the churches have been hard at work as they prepared for this big event.

“It’s been great working with them,” said Ted Bible, the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church pastor. “Everyone has chipped in, we’ve got great donations, and just the camaraderie between the two churches has been really great so far.”

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Area families spent this morning at the Lima YMCA for some breakfast and time with Santa. Families bonded as they enjoyed their pancakes. Children and their parents also colored pictures.

There was cookie decorating and several arts and crafts projects. Children also got the chance to take pictures with Santa.