Kneaders Bakery & Café, with 59 locations across eight states, has been leading the fight against childhood cancer over the last several years. One of the bakery-café chain’s annual initiatives occurs during Childhood Cancer Month in September, and involves selling elephant-shaped sugar cookies which benefit Dr. Josh Schiffman's Childhood Cancer Research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Another major event during the year is Kneaders’ annual free family Evening with Santa event. On Thursday, December 6 from 5-7 p.m. in all of its locations, families will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa for free.

Families will also be able to enjoy Chunky Cinnamon French Toast for dinner. 100 percent for the French Toast sales during the event will be donated to the research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

The Evening with Santa event was originated by Kneaders co-founders Gary and Colleen Worthington, who wanted to create a special reason for families to come together during the holidays. “It has been a wonderful, truly festive and fun event for everyone, and just as we are dedicated to offering a little magic for families at the holidays, we are equally committed to supporting families who are fighting childhood cancer every day,” says CEO, James Worthington. “Bringing the two events together allows us to give back to the communities and families we serve, and who have helped build our business over the past twenty years. Together, a little hope can make a big difference.”

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer in children is the second leading cause of childhood death. Almost 16,000 children ages 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and this annual event from Kneaders looks to make a difference in their lives.