Secret Safe Place serves up pancakes for Santa’s fans

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee held its 3rd annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Applebee’s on Alcoa Highway. The breakfast brought in roughly $800 for the program, which raises awareness about Tennessee’s Safe Haven Law in order to prevent the abandonment of at-risk newborns.

Board members of A Secret Safe Place for Newborns and their children were present to help serve the guests, who were treated to a pancake breakfast. Applebee’s donated the food and the space, as they have done for the last three years. The restaurant has been very supportive of the program, offering two free fundraising breakfasts a year, said event organizers.

The annual Breakfast With Santa began as an idea from a board member and has grown into a strong fundraising tool. Families from around Blount County came for a hearty breakfast and a chance to meet Santa, who heard Christmas wishes and posed for photographs with enthusiasm.

One of Santa’s helpers at the breakfast was State Senator Doug Overbey. Overbey is the co-founder and legal counsel of A Secret Safe Place for Newborns, as well as kitchen worker during the Breakfast with Santa.

The money raised at the event will help protect newborns and their mothers by publicizing the Safe Haven Law, which allows the anonymous surrender of unharmed newborns up to three-days-old to hospitals, birthing centers, community health clinics and walk-in clinics without fear of prosecution for the mother. For information, contact the business office at 865-254-2208 or access the website at Women in crisis should call the Helpline at 1-866-699-SAFE.

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