Serving up a tradition: Church's Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast helps foster kids

For nearly half a century, people have been lining up for homemade hotcakes on the Fourth of July at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, and this year’s Independence Day will serve up another stack.

Scheduled 8:30-11 a.m. in the church’s Bailey Hall at 858 University Ave., the 47th annual breakfast is free. Donations collected will support Help One Child’s Signs of Hope Camp, enabling 60 children to attend the camp in Scotts Valley.

Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris founded Help One Child 26 years ago. The nonprofit organization – a longtime Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – recruits, trains and supports the families of foster and adopted children throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The breakfast will include pancakes, fresh fruit, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea, with seating both inside and outside. Among the food donors this year are DeMartini Orchard, Safeway, Costco, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and Lucky Supermarkets.

A color guard will conduct a flag ceremony at 10 a.m., and three World War II veterans – all over age 95 – will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Union Presbyterian Church dates back to World War I, when residents began holding services in the Shoup Building on Main Street in downtown Los Altos. In 1914, Union built what was known as the Little Brown Church on San Antonio Road. The church moved to its present site in 1953.

To volunteer and for more information on the breakfast, call 948-4361 or visit

For information on Help One Child, visit


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