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Single moms and their kids enjoy Breakfast with Santa

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Dec 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-09 01:45:09-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Single mothers and their children had a breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning.

Two hundred volunteers helped the Soroptimist International of Salt Lake organize the event for its sixth year. Organizers say it helps ease the financial strain on single mothers.

"What we want to do is take the stress off Christmas," said Margy Russotto, president of the Salt Lake chapter of Soroptimist International. "We don't want them to be stressed out about how am I going to provide something for my child?"

Through community service organizations, 155 moms with a total over 300 kids spent their morning at West High School. Activities included breakfast, pictures with Santa, bags of warm clothes and the chance to shop for Christmas presents for family members. Everything was donated and is given to the single moms and their families for free.

"The kids are taken over to an area where they can pick a present to give to their mother," said Russotto.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organization with a goal to improve the lives of women and girls in the community. The organization has had a chapter in Utah for 81 years.