It has become a popular Osoyoos holiday tradition — a kick off to Christmas that adds a bit of fuel to the fire as well.
Smitty’s Restaurant will host its 22nd annual Toys for Tots to Teens breakfast Friday morning, offering patrons a special Smitty’s breakfast for an unwrapped toy or cash donation.
And this year, diners can expect a little bit of a treat on their plate — if they so desire.
The restaurant will be serving peppermint waffles as one of its breakfast choices.
Otherwise, between 7 and 10 a.m., patrons can also dig in to a Smitty’s breakfast featuring strawberry waffles, pancakes, French toast and bacon or sausage.
“We thought we’d try peppermint instead of peach melba,” said Smitty’s Tammy Fraser, who along with her husband Chris runs the restaurant opened by her parents.
The Frasers expect to deliver around 300 breakfasts Friday morning.
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.
Others, however, are stepping in to fill the void.
Toys for Tots to Teens has become a community celebration, with volunteers — including the Osoyoos Coyotes — joining the Frasers and their staff to help cook and clear tables.
“The community always comes up for the call when they can and they have always been a great contributor,” says Tammy.
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.