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Breakfast with Santa

Each December, the Hauser Lake Fire Department hosts this fund raising event, in memory of Shalena, to help a local family in need.

***Breakfast with Santa is BACK in-person in 2022!***

2022 Breakfast with Santa - Jacob - Dec 11 @ 7 am

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The Story

Shalena
Shalena was taken by cancer but her memory lives on through this treasured community event in Hauser Lake.

Shalena’s Breakfast with Santa is an annual fundraiser and community-building event sponsored by the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department. The event is held on the second Sunday of each December. Over 1,000 people are served each year; attendance increases steadily as more and more friends and neighbors discover this terrific event as a way to get into the holiday spirit. Click here for public comments about this great event.

  • What: Community fundraiser which includes a raffle, visits and photos with Santa Claus, and a fantastic breakfast served by the fire fighters with help from their families, friends, and 4-H groups
  • Why: Proceeds help a local family with a child who suffers from a serious, often terminal disease.
  • When: Second Sunday in December, from 7 am to 1 pm.
  • Where: The Hauser Lake Fire Station at 10728 N. Hauser Lake Rd., Hauser, Idaho
  • Served: All-you-can-eat sausage, eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and more
  • How much: A suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 for an entire family

How Breakfast with Santa Started

Each December, the Hauser Lake Fire Department hosts this fund raising event to help a local family in need. John and Betty Mobbs started the event in 1985 when they worked to raise money to help alleviate medical bills and financial distress for the family of a Hauser Lake volunteer firefighter, Gary, whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Shalena lost her battle but her memory lives on with the Breakfast. Shalena’s Breakfast With Santa has become an annual tradition within the community of Hauser, Idaho. With help from area businesses and North Idaho citizens, proceeds go to a family with a child diagnosed with a serous illness. The children’s illnesses are often terminal.

See also the 2001 interview with Gary Mobbs about Breakfast with Santa.

Start Your Own “Breakfast With Santa”

To suggest a family as next year’s beneficiary or for questions regarding Breakfast with Santa, email santa@hauserfire.org.

Video

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Thanks to KHQ channel 6 for letting us share this fun, 2 minute video with you. KHQ Channel 6 did a little story about Breakfast with Santa on the event’s 25th anniversary. Gary Mobbs and Lisa Wendle are interviewed.

Page last updated November 14, 2022.

Candy Cane Run 2022 – 2 Days

December 16 and 17, 2022. Join in and “double” your fun this year as the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District fire trucks give Santa and Mrs. Claus a two-day tour through Hauser, collecting food for the local food pantry and food bank. Click image below for details.

In 2021, the annual Candy Cane Run was a tremendous success. Over 1,100 pounds of food was collected and given to the Post Falls Food Bank to help our neighbors in need. We are so grateful to the Hauser Lake community.

Page posted November 5, 2022

Our First Awards Banquet in Two Years

May 15, 2022

From left to right, many of our current members: Shane Kamps, Kyle Andrews, Connie and James Lewis, John Belanger, James Neils, Tom Maddalone, Larry Shervanick, Gary Mobbs and Jared Cysewski (back), Vickie Shervanick, Katie Hron, Matt Belanger, Melissa Nickolaus, Andrea Knorpp, Shaya Hall (back), Allison Stroh, Dave Strohte, Jody Mask
Photos of Kyle and other award recipients are in our Google Photo Album.

On Sunday, May 15, current and former members of the Hauser Lake FPD / Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department gathered together to celebrate and recognize achievements from 2020 and 2021. There were many people to be honored, given that it had been two years since our last “annual” banquet.

The following awards and accomplishments were celebrated, with the Officers and Commissioner Maddalone speaking at various times.

  • Leadership Award: Gary Mobbs
  • Camaraderie Awards: Kyle Andrews and Dave Strohte
  • Challenge Pin was awarded by Gary Mobbs to Shane Kamps
  • Rookie of the Year: Jared C…
  • EMT of the Year: Larry Shervanick
  • Most Improved Award: Vickie Shervanick
  • Instructors recognized by their EMS students: Gary Mobbs and Shane Kamps
  • Dedication and Devotion Award: Joan Rodman
  • Retirements of Lisa Wendle with 24 and Nick Lundt with 21 years of service

Click here to see banquet photos taken by Joan and Paul Rodman (Google Photo Album). (Please contact Joan if you have images to share!)

Officers: Captain Gary Mobbs, Lieutenant Shane Kamps, Deputy Chief Tom Maddalone, and Fire Chief James Neils.

The event was made possible by the friendly and talented folks at Embers at the Lake (shown here), an extraordinary pizza restaurant on Hauser Lake. The weather was beautiful; the food was delicious; the service impeccable. Fun was had by all.

For more fun news about deserving awards recipients, see our Honors page.

Page created 5/19/2022. Updated 5/22/22.

Breakfast with Santa Flyers

Historical: Breakfast with Santa, 2004-2022

Breakfast with Santa did not occur in 2020 due to COVID-19. Breakfast in 2022 will be the 36th annual event.

Page originally posted October 24, 2018. Last updated November 6, 2022

Historic engine E720

May 17, 2021

The old-but-new-again Engine 720, which was owned several decades ago by the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department, is back home again after the buyers/restorers became donors. The engine was donated back to the HLVFD this year by Marc and Marguerite Kaufman of California.

The engine’s journey home was made possible by volunteer Jody Mask and his cousin, who experienced some traffic problems on their way due to the eye-catching load they were hauling from California to Idaho!

Click any photo below to view it and flip through all of them. Photos courtesy of Jody Mask.

For all photos, see https://photos.app.goo.gl/UwAhBfhAeRsjqeJg6

E720 returns to Hauser 4-17-21

April 20, 2021

Drivers in Hauser Lake did a few double-takes this weekend when passing by the fire station. Many stopped to take photos as a piece of Hauser history was returned to our community, thanks to donors Marc and Marguerite Kauffman of California.

This historic engine, “E720,” was the first apparatus our current fire chief, James Neils, drove as a volunteer back in the 1990s. According to the few records found so far, it is a 1953 American LaFrance engine which was in service in Hauser Lake and fighting fires from 1974 to 1994. In approximately 1995, it was sold to the Kauffmans. Marc restored most of the mechanical portions of the truck over the twenty-five or so years he had it. This year, the Kauffmans donated the truck BACK to us!

Several volunteer firefighters and their families helped transport the engine from California to Hauser Lake last week. Watch for more news in the coming weeks. For now, it’s home again in Hauser and safely tucked away inside a back bay of the station. ~JR

E720 returns to Hauser Lake 4-17-2021
E720 donors Marc and Marguerite Kauffman of California

Chief Larry Simms’ Retirement Ceremony

On September 20, 2020, we celebrated the career of Larry Simms. He retired after 34 years of service to the Hauser Lake community and surrounding area.

A video of the ceremony, taken by Joan Rodman, has been posted on the District’s public Facebook page here (a new window should open). The video includes several very moving moments, including Chief Simms thanking his wife Elaine (also a 30+-year volunteer), shaking hands with the fire fighters, and listening to the final sign off from Captain Mobbs which was broadcast over the Kootenai County emergency dispatch system.

A few photos of the event are below. For more, please see our public Facebook page (@HauserLakeFire). You can also try this link: https://www.facebook.com/HauserLakeFire/photos/pcb.3523762351002251/3523761441002342/?type=3&theater

Posted September 20, 2020

Hauser Lake Fire Chief Transition in the News

The following article appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Friday, August 14, 2020. We are grateful to reporter Madison Hardy for attending our ceremony and covering this noteworthy event in Hauser Lake history.

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Coeur d’Alene Press

By Madison Hardy, Staff Writer

Click here to open the PDF file of page 1 and here for page 2.

Published September 21, 2020