Posted by Chuck Church on Dec 02, 2018
The Rotary Club of Palmdale conducted its’ 24th Annual Children’s Shopping Spree at the Walmart Super Center on 10th Street West in Palmdale on December 1, 2018.  The Walmart Team and McDonalds provided the venue for twenty-three under privileged children from needy families to participate in the shopping spree.  The children came from several local elementary schools.  The students were selected by teachers from the local school districts and other youth leaders.  Each child was treated to an early morning breakfast at McDonalds inside the store and then escorted by a Palmdale Rotary Club Member or a volunteer teacher to shop throughout the store for gifts for their family members.  At the completion of shopping, the packages were all wrapped with bright and festive holiday wrapping paper and bows by the Palmdale Rotary Club Members, Volunteer Teachers and Palmdale Rotary Interact Club Members from Pete Knight High School for exchange with family members at Christmas.  In addition, each child was given a gift card which they could use at the time or wait until after Christmas to select a gift of their choice.  A big Thank You goes out to McDonalds and Walmart for their help and cooperation in making this event possible.  As always, the Rotary Club of Palmdale established two objectives for the shoppers: To learn to budget the funds provided to them and to better understand the meaning of the holiday season in which it is more rewarding to give than to receive.  Those objectives were met again with joyous success. 
McDonalds Employees With Santa
Volunteer Helper With Santa
Shoppers Paired Up With Helpers At The Checkout Line
Rotarian David Maddock Handled The Checkout Line
First Shopper To Reach The Wrapping Table
The Wrapping Line Starts To Grow
Now The Wrapping Line Is Full
Kids With Their Gifts
Kids And Parents Enjoying The Event
More Kids With Their Gifts
Carts Are Filled And Kids Are Smiling
Another Shopper With A Cart Full Of Gifts
Rotary Club President Sam Garcia With His Granite Construction Volunteers
Palmdale Rotary With Their Volunteer Helpers and Interact Club Volunteers