Spring Break-fast: Church group provides pancakes all month to Havasu spring breakers
More than a decade ago, New Hope Calvary Church pastor Chris Blythe took action after he saw a need in Lake Havasu City to help college students celebrating spring break.
Blythe had made a visit to the Havasu Regional Medical Center in 2007 and he saw college students suffering from the effects of dehydration and alcohol poisoning.
The idea for the month-long pancake breakfast was born and ever since, New Hope members have set up their tents, serving tables and large griddles to serve thousands of pancakes and distribute bottled water at the London Bridge Beach.
“It’s reaching out,” New Hope member Charlie Jones said. “We’ve been able to distribute water to the kids while they are partying and the young ladies were appreciative of getting water they could trust.”
Jones, who has lived in Havasu Heights for the last five years after being a winter visitor, said the college kids he has spoke to have always been polite and thankful.
“They do ask what we are doing, but no one has ever been rude to me,” Jones said. “It’s a neat opportunity to visit with young and old alike and to show them some love.”
While fewer spring breakers have trekked to Havasu the last few years, New Hope still handed out nearly 16,000 bottles of water in 2018.
“We went through 822 pounds of pancake mix in four weeks last year,” Jones said. “We served 324 pots of coffee, used 53 gallons of syrup, more than 18 pounds of sugar-free syrup, 79 bottles of Parkay marjarine, 120 pounds of peanut butter, 5,000 plates and nearly a ton of ice.”
The church provides most of the supplies and volunteers. A Phoenix area church also donates to the massive effort.
The “Pancake Taxi” is also still operating, ferrying spring breakers from the mainland to London Bridge Beach, and to delivering water to students.
Bobby Dendy is a Christian disc jockey who still volunteers his time and equipment to play gospel music while people arrive for the free pancakes.
The pancakes are served each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and water bottles are offered throughout the day.
The mission began Tuesday and will end Saturday, March 30.