Student Santa Christmas Day Meal expected to serve hundreds - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Student Santa Christmas Day Meal expected to serve hundreds

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

The second annual Student Santa's Christmas Day Meal is expected to feed hundreds on Christmas day.

The event will occur in the gym of the Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, where they anticipate at least 400 people to show up.

Organizer Jennifer Icaza-Gast said it is important for people to make sure they are able to have a nice meal on Christmas day.

Several years ago, Icaza-Gast received a letter from a young child saying all he wanted for Christmas was a good hot meal.

Icaza-Gast feels many families in need spend their day at home with friends and family, but have little food in their pantries to cook.

With many events geared toward giving children toys for those in need, Icaza-Gast feels this is a good way for many to get the full Christmas experience.

There will be toys at the event to be given out to children, however, just to add to the full Christmas experience, Icaza-Gast said. Santa will also be on hand to greet the children at the event as well.

There will be also be free CTA transportation for those that need a ride to the event.

The start of the CTA route begins at 1 p.m. Stops are at Red Star and Main Street, Cape Meadows and East Cape Rock Street, 101 S. Pacific Street,
and Franklin Elementary.

Another CTA route will be at 2:05 p.m. Stops are at Bloomfield and Hanover Streets, Linden Street and Ellis Street, 909 Hackberry Street,
1202 S. Sprigg Street and at Save-A-Lot.

Tickets can be picked up at The Bank of Missouri on Bloomfield Road and the Shawnee Community Center.

Every person that wants to eat must have a ticket, however, organizers said nobody will turned down that wants to stop by to eat.

Food will be provided by Ryan's Steakhouse and the Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau.

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