Friday is going to be a big day, so start it right with a good breakfast — one that also feeds a community effort to help less fortunate children.
Smitty’s in Osoyoos will open its doors this Friday morning to its 20th annual Toys for Tots to Teens breakfast, an Osoyoos Light-Up event that provides toys and other gifts for less fortunate children in the community.
Between 7 and 10 a.m., for an unwrapped toy or cash donation, patrons can dig in to a Smitty’s breakfast featuring strawberry or peach Melba waffles, pancakes, French toast and bacon or sausage.
“We start cooking long before we open,” said Smitty’s Chris Fraser of the busy morning. “It’s busy, very busy. We have lots of volunteers that come from the community who help cook and clear tables.”
By the end of the morning, Chris says, the toys and other gifts are stuffed around the tree the restaurant has set up at the front door.
“It’s full. It’s full all the way up the glass.”
The Christmas Light-Up event is the brainchild of Wilfred and Wendy Herle.
The Toys for Tots to Teens breakfast started when the Herles owned a local gas station. The event moved to Smitty’s when they purchased that franchise.
Now retired, the Herles are away from the community and won’t be involved in Friday’s event.
Daughter Tammy, however, is continuing the tradition.
“This is the second time my parents have missed in all those years,” Tammy says of the 20 years the family has organized the event.
“It breaks their hearts not to be here.”
Toys collected Friday will be turned over to the local Kiwanis club, which will distribute them to children and families identified as less fortunate.
Cash donations are also welcome at the restaurant Friday morning.