The annual Pizza with Santa party was on December 19 at Centerville Presbyterian Church, with 5 families being served on a very special day. They began their day with decorating photo frames for the family photos with Santa taken by John & Joan Kimber; many families don’t have the luxury of family photos, so these are special. The day continues with playing in a jump house, and the highlight of playtime is the horse rides, provided by Niles Rotarian Manuel Franco and his family from Whispering Hills Ranch in Milpitas. The children are so excited to see, pet, and ride a horse, usually for the first time. The pony Priscilla and horse Trigger very nicely accommodated the riders throughout the morning. The morning culminates with a visit from Santa who sits with each family as they receive their gifts, provided by Niles Rotary. After the gifts, pizza is provided, courtesy of Pizza Italia. Niles Rotary has been having Pizza with Santa since 1998, and now works with the City of Fremont to select the families who will participate in the event. Niles Rotarian Rose Evernden-Andrade chairs this annual event.
Read the complete story and see more photos in the January 2016 Pinion.