Santa visits Roanoke City Schools for a good cause

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Santa paid a visit to Roanoke City in order to help homeless families.

Families enjoyed a hot pancake breakfast with Santa. Money raised from the event benefit the school system's Help the Homeless program. The initiative gives support to families in crisis.

"It's amazing and to think about, it's really our students that have taken ownership of this," said Hayley Poland of Roanoke City Schools. "We have middle and high school students that are here volunteering their time on a Saturday morning. It is just incredible they take ownership of taking care of their fellow students and their peers."

The breakfast is sponsored by the STAR Council (Students Take Action in Roanoke). It is a group of students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools whose mission is to help homeless students.

The school system has counted 361 students as homeless, which is a decrease from last year. The breakfast event along with sponsorship donations raised close to $13,000.