Prompt Ambulance holds Breakfast with Santa - December 10, 2015

Courtesy of NWI Times

December 10, 2015 11:45 pm • Damian Rico, (219) 933-3248

HOBART — Hundreds of children gathered to catch a glimpse of Santa’s grand arrival in a PROMPT ambulance and spent their Saturday morning painting ornaments and making crafts with the help of Snow White.

For the second year, Prompt coordinated its Taste of Caring event and invited Porter Hospital, Methodist Hospitals and the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County to a friendly pancake competition benefiting the Lake and Porter County Salvation Army.

There was also a Christmas tree contest in which many community organizations participated. Methodist Hospital would ultimately take top pancake honors and Rittenhouse Valparaiso came away with the best Christmas tree crown.

“It’s a fun event and we feel strongly about the work The Salvation Army does in the community,” said Ron Donahue, Prompt business development director. “Over 40 volunteers gathered this morning at 5:30 a.m. to transform County Line Orchard into a winter wonderland. That speaks volumes for the cause.”

The Porter County Parks Department brought sheep, goats and rabbits for an outdoor petting zoo.

“Times are very challenging for many families in our Region,” said Capt. Jose Tamayo, Lake County Salvation Army coordinator. “We are grateful for our volunteers and organizations like Prompt for stepping and helping us to continue our mission to reach as many families as we can. Many people don’t realize our work is all year round and not just during Christmas.”

Donahue said their Taste of Care event began in 2009 to help send area veterans on the Chicago Honor Flight and added the Breakfast With Santa last year, benefiting The Salvation Army.