Child Development Centre operations manager Vanessa Riplinger (left) and administrative assistant Tracy Beaton are making a list and checking it twice for the annual Christmas Wish Breakfast to make sure every child has a present this Christmas.

Child Development Centre operations manager Vanessa Riplinger (left) and administrative assistant Tracy Beaton are making a list and checking it twice for the annual Christmas Wish Breakfast to make sure every child has a present this Christmas.

Christmas Wish Breakfast set for Tuesday, Dec. 6

Reservations are now being taken for the city’s 11th annual Christmas Wish Breakfast coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Reservations are now being taken for the city’s 11th annual Christmas Wish Breakfast coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Ramada Inn’s convention centre.

The breakfast is jointly sponsored by the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre, the Ramada Inn and the Goat Radio, says event organizer Vanessa Riplinger.

Entry to the gourmet buffet breakfast is the donation of a toy or an unwrapped gift for a child or teen.

The community-minded breakfast has become so popular over the years that reservations are required for the half-hour sittings that run from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on the event day.

People who would like to attend the breakfast and help a child in need this Christmas can reserve a seat by calling the Ramada at 250-392-3321.

“It fills up fast,” Riplinger says.

The breakfast is a community effort to make sure that every child receives a gift at Christmas, says Riplinger who is already out and about having fun buying her own contributions for the event.

Her purchases so far include a toy for ages 2-4 years, a doll, and a craft set for a 10 year old. She says she will also buy something for a teenager.

“Teenagers are always difficult to buy for but if you have a teenage boy or girl you know what they like,” Riplinger says. She says some ideas for teens include gift cards, perfume or bath sets, a cool toque, or a sweatshirt or T-shirt.

She says cash donations are also welcome because there are always gaps in gifts for some age groups. The cash donations allow organizers to purchase gifts for the age groups where there may be a shortfall.

Riplinger says she and other CDC team members have made their purchases for the Christmas Wish Breakfast because they know that there are many children in the community who may not have a gift at Christmas without the Christmas Wish Breakfast.

“My children have always had more than enough gifts under the tree at Christmas and I believe that every child deserves to have Christmas,” Riplinger says.

Last year she says about 900 gifts were collected at the Christmas Wish Breakfast and were distributed to children and teens in need.

The gifts donated are distributed through various community agencies.

“It is always amazing to me how big the hearts of people are in our community,” Riplinger says. “We are so blessed to live in a community that cares so much. There is no place I would rather call home.”