The Rotary Club of Antelope Valley conducted its’ 25th Annual Children’s Shopping Spree at the Walmart Super Center on 10th Street West in Palmdale on December 7, 2019.  McDonalds and the Walmart Team provided the venue for twenty-five 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 an Antelope Valley Rotary Club Member or a volunteer Interact student to shop throughout the store for gifts for their family members.  At the completion of shopping, Rotary Club Members, Adult Volunteers and Interact Club Members wrapped the packages with bright and festive holiday wrapping paper and bows 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 Antelope Valley strived to 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.
First Things First, Breakfast At McDonalds
Interact Student Volunteers Waiting To Take The Children Shopping
A Surprise Visit By Santa
Santa With The Rotary Club
As The Children Finish Shopping, The Wrapping Table Is Fully Energized
The Wrapping Team At Completion
The Children Displaying Their Gifts
The Last Of The Shoppers With Their Gifts