Serving the families that serve
Members of the Thrivent Community-Dakota Valley Associates have made it a priority to help military families and they will start their initiative by spreading some Christmas joy.
The group will sponsor a Breakfast with Santa especially for those with family members in the military Dec. 19 at the Rosemount Community Center. The Dakota Valley Associates are part of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Planner Ashley Silber said the Dakota Valley Associates wants to support the troops and their families who sacrifice for the good of everyone. To do so Thrivent has invited military families from all over the south metro to take part in some Christmas revelry.
The event is open to all ages and there are activities planned for everyone.
Kids will have the chance to meet and have their picture taken with Santa. Additionally, author Nancy Carlson will read from her book "Start Saving Henry" and each child in attendance will receive a free copy of the book.
There will be a financial education workshop for both kids and adults. The program, called Parents, Kids and Money Matters is an introduction to teaching children to spend and save money.
Everyone will receive a free continental breakfast including bagels donated by Bruegger's Bagels, juice, coffee and fruit.
This is the first event the Thrivent Community has held for military families. Silber said the group plans to host more events in the future.
To get the word out to military families Thrivent teamed up with the Farmington Warrior to Citizen program and the Minnesota Military Family Assistance Center. Both groups e-mailed families about the event and encouraged them to attend. The flyer also has been posted on a number of military related web sites.
Warrior to Citizen coordinator Annette Kuyper said she thinks the breakfast will be a great event. While Thrivent has done most of the planning, she said Warrior to Citizen will have some volunteers on hand and a table with information.
"I think families are looking forward to having something to do for the holiday season," Kuyper said. "Those with a soldier deployed, I think, especially appreciate it."
So far 40 people have signed up to attend the event. Silber said they can take as many as 130 and are hoping for a good turnout.
The Breakfast with Santa event starts at 10 a.m. and is free. To register, call or email Ashley Silber at 952-277-2622 or Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org.