John Freeman began his annual holiday breakfast as a way to give back to the customers of his service station. He continues it to give back to the people of Delaware County.
This year will be no different at the annual “Whatever You Think It’s Worth” Christmas breakfast. The proceeds of the event will go to a local family with two children with major medical issues. The remainder of the proceeds will be spread to local charitable organizations.
“If you really like good food and want to kind of get in the Christmas spirit and help some needy children, this is the place to go,” Freeman said.
Last year’s event drew about 1,000 people who consumed 100 pounds of sausage, 140 pounds of bacon, 30 hams, 200 dozens eggs among many other breakfast foods.
About $15,000 was raised, and Freeman hopes to raise around the same amount again this year.
“We look for the same amount,” he said. “The economy hasn’t really seemed to hurt us the last few years.”
This year’s menu includes all the breakfast staples, plus seafood bisque and bananas foster.
“If you can’t find something there you like, you’re in trouble,” Freeman said.
It takes about 40 volunteers to pull the event off, many of whom begin cooking as early as 2 a.m. the day of the breakfast.
The year’s breakfast will be held from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - or until the food runs out – on Dec. 14 at Hardware Exchange, 141 S. Sandusky St.