The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will bring Santa back to Muskogee once again during their annual Santa Claus Breakfast, to be held Saturday at Muskogee High School’s cafeteria.
Partnering with McDonald’s restaurant owners Mary and Matt Baldwin, the Beta Chi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will bring breakfast, goodie bags and treats to help spur holiday cheer, said event co-chair Doyle Rowland. Muskogee Public Schools Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall is also expected to make an appearance to visit with kids.
“It’s a program we put on for Muskogee children to shed just a little light of love and fun,” Rowland said. “We’re helping to develop a wonderful holiday spirit.”
The event has been going for “more than 20 years,” Rowland said, after its inception under the late Rudy Jenkins.
“It’s just always been something we like to do,” Rowland said. “We like to show some warmth to kids and give them a chance to visit with Santa Claus.”
The Santa Claus in question this year will be portrayed by Alpha Phi Alpha member Rondell Wilson. Alongside visiting with Santa, kids will receive breakfast and goodie bags, Rowland said.
“They get treats and goodie bags and plenty of fruit, just things they would enjoy this time of year,” Rowland said.
The program is open to every child in Muskogee, Rowland said — the more the merrier. The event typically draws hundreds of kids to come share in the joy of a good breakfast and spend time with each other.
“We would certainly like people to come and support this program,” he said. “We think it’s a wonderful thing to do.”