Annual Red Stocking Breakfast Most Successful Year

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage and more was served up this morning to hundred of hungry Topekans. This wasn't a normal breakfast though, it was to make sure children stay safe in Kansas.

The 20th annual Red Stockinb Breakfast was held at Carlos O'Kelly's to benefit the Kansas Children's Service League.

The breakfast is KCSL's biggest fundraising event and always has a great turn-out. All proceeds from purchased tickets and donations will go toward KCSL's child abuse prevention and education programs, along with a number of other services it provides.

Santa came too, spreading cheer and hearing what is on kids' Christmas lists this year.

This year the O'Kelly's and KCSL staff along with other local "celebrities" served more than 500 people, making this year one of the most successful.

"It's a collective effort that makes something like this happen," Regional Manager of Carlos O'Kelly's Jim Wright said. "It's an early morning but it's a fun morning for everybody."

Troy Quiett, a supervisor, was rushing around the restaurant all morning, replacing biscuit trays and re-filling scrambled eggs. This year was his 14th year working the breakfast.

"It's awesome. It goes for a good cause," Quiett said. "It's all about the kids."

Dana Grame and her family purchased tickets for the fundraiser and thought it was a good meal.

"We're big supporters of KCSL and what they do for kids," Grame said. "We thought it'd be a great experience to come out and help them out."

Ramona Miller, Regional Development Director at KCSL, said each year this fundraiser brings in a lot of money for the organization, but this year was better than usual.

"This has been a phenomenal year," she said. "I think we've had 450 to 500 people this morning and we've never had lines this long. I think the community has really stepped up to help support us. And it all stays right here in Shawnee County."

The Red Stocking Breakfast has been a statewide holiday tradition for more than 80 years. It was started in the 1920s when foster kids would hang up red stockings in anticipation of a new home and the community's help.

KCSL will know how much money was raised in the following week.