PORT ST. LUCIE - The third annual Breakfast with Santa benefitting New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee and sponsored by The St. Lucie Mets at First Data Field will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. until noon.

This event is free for kids 17 and under and includes an all you care to eat pancake breakfast, bounce house, caroling, crafts and more. Adult admission is only $5 and an unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the local Toys for Tots program. In past years, the event has drawn children from around the counties who have been bussed in to have a fun morning meeting the big guy in the red suit before Christmas.

“The need is incredible among the population we serve,” said John Romano, CEO at New Horizons, a local mental health and addiction recovery non-profit. “We saw 14,000 children and adults in the region we serve with more than half of them unable to pay for services. These folks deserve the same Christmas as their peers at school, and we look forward to giving it to them.”

The agency will use proceeds from the event to continue to provide critical services to these at-risk populations.

New this year is the Gifts for Teens program, running prior to the breakfast. From November 1 to 30, New Horizons and their partners at Kitterman Woods Property Management will collect Christmas gifts appropriate for young adults and teens. Barbie and footballs are fun for the littler kids, but older teens are often left with very little. This focused drive will include gifts of make-up kits, backpacks, gift cards, journals, clothes and electronics. Donations of this kind may be dropped off at New Horizon’s Administrative Offices on Midway Road or at Kitterman Woods, 6600 Woods Island Circle, Port St Lucie. Tax deductible gifts may be made at www.nhtcinc.org

For sponsorship information, contact Lisa Rymer at (772) 696-2729. For up to the minute event details, find the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/334021510692384/

Established in 1958, New Horizons is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse agency in the region, with nine offices across Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, New Horizons serves 14,000 children and adults annually, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more, call (772) 696-2729 or visit www.nhtcinc.org.

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