Posted by Chuck Church on Dec 04, 2017
The Rotary Club of Palmdale under the leadership of Committee Chairman David Maddock conducted its 23rd Annual Children’s Shopping Spree at the Walmart Super Center on 10th Street West in Palmdale on December 2, 2017.  The Walmart Team provided the venue for twenty-four 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.  Next came a surprise visit from Santa Claus to hear the children's wishes.  After pictures with Santa, the children were escorted by a Palmdale Rotary Club Member, a Knight High School Interact Club Member or a volunteer adult 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 for exchange with family members at Christmas.  In addition, each child was given and gift card which they could use at the time or wait until after Christmas to select a gift of their choice.  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.
Chairman David Maddock Gets the Kids Set Up For Breakfast
Shoppers Check-In For Breakfast
Ho Ho Ho, A Surprise Visit From Santa
Time To Get That Wish List To Santa
Santa Knows What I Want For Christmas
Now Its Time For Serious Shopping!
Selecting Gifts, What Do I Pick?
Wow, Almost Finished Shopping
Then Comes Wrapping!!!
Busy, Busy Busy
Making Those Gifts Look Beautiful!
The Whole Team Gets Into The Act To Finish Wrapping
And Finally, Its Done For Another Year!
Santa, Rotary & The Walmart Staff Together For A Selfie