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