SCC to host annual pancake breakfast for free for the community
With so many activities planned on the islands for the Fourth of July holiday, Sanibel Community Church wants to help everyone start off their morning with a full belly.
The church will host its annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast on July 4 from 7 to 9 a.m. Free and open to the community, the all-you-can-eat buffet features hotcakes, sausage, fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
“We know it’s a big day for Sanibel and guests visiting the island, and we want to be a part of that,” Associate Pastor Doug Hummer said, adding that the church has been hosting the event for many years and it has become a tradition.”We just want to bless the community, that’s really what it’s all about.”
Last year, hundreds showed up to take part in the great food and camaraderie.
“We probably had around 850 people,” he said.
“We made up over 1,000 pancakes,” Hummer added.
While the breakfast is free, donations are gladly accepted.
“We have a preschool, Summit Christian Preschool. All donations will go to support those little kiddos,” he said. “It directly does into scholarships for the kids – 100 percent.”
Last year’s event raised about $1,000 for the preschool scholarship fund.
“We’d hopefully like to double that this year,” Hummer said.
A few days before the event, the room is set up and holiday decorations put up.
The hotcakes are made fresh day of.
“We start the pancakes around 5 o’clock in the morning,” he said. “We’ll have between 40 and 50 volunteers that will help us out.”
Hummer noted that the community response is always great.
“It’s always been a great reaction,” he said. “People, I think, are very appreciative.”
After filling their bellies, visitors are encouraged to stick around for the Annual Independence Day Parade, which will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at Tarpon Bay Road and roll past on Periwinkle Way.
“We have chairs with umbrellas set up right there on Periwinkle,” Hummer said. “They can go find a place and help themselves, or they can bring their own lawn chairs if they want.”
The church will also have a tent set up with free water and soda.
“Plus, we have room for plenty of parking so people won’t have to worry about that,” he said.
Hummer noted that there will be no entering or exiting of vehicles during the parade.
“Once the parade start, they will shut down the street,” he said. “Just plan on sticking around until the parade is finished.”
The community is welcome to come out for the event and stay for the parade, as well as stop by any time for the church’s Sunday service.
“This is just something we love to do,” Hummer said. “We’re just as friendly on Sundays as we will be on Wednesday at the pancake breakfast.”
For more information, call 472-2684 or visit www.sanibelchurch.com.
Sanibel Community Church is at 1740 Periwinkle Way.