It’s a yearly tradition for one local club that’s filled with pancakes and positive community action.
The smell of batter and a sense of community filled the air in Gulfport for a long-running fundraiser promoting good. For just $6 the public had the chance to enjoy a pancake breakfast and support community organizations as a part of the Gulfport Kiwanis Club 63rd annual Pancake Day. Gulfport Kiwanis Club President-Elect Donny Fuller said, “We help the Salvation Army, Feed my Sheep, and all those community organizations.”
To put on such an event is a big undertaking. Kiwanis Club volunteers arrived well before sunrise to make sure everything was in order for the 12 hour event. Fuller said, “We’ll serve almost, probably close to 10,000 pieces of sausage, more pancakes than that. So, probably about 12,000 pancakes in all today. So, it’s a long day.”
For Kiwanis Club Board Member Jenny Gates, the sense of community she witnessed at last year’s Pancake Breakfast inspired her to make a difference as well. “As a matter of fact, last year, I was invited to this pancake dinner as a guest. Seeing all the people work together and what Kiwanis is capable of made me join.”
Community members who attended the breakfast say supporting those who give back so much to city residents is an easy decision. City of Gulfport Public Information Officer Lashaundra McCarty said, “It matters that we continue to show up and that we really get behind those that are really aiming to improve and impact the community.”
With upwards of 16,000 to 20,000 dollars raised for the programs they support, it’s an exciting holiday season for the club. “It makes you feel good that you’re doing stuff for people and doing stuff that people look forward to and enjoy.”