For the 28th year, The Rotary Club of Antelope Valley conducted its’ Annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree at the Walmart Super Center on 10th Street West in Palmdale on December 10, 2022.  This year The Rotary Club of Antelope Valley increased the number of needy families from 30 to 32.  Once again, the Walmart Team provided the venue for these under privileged children from needy families to participate in the shopping spree.  The children came from several local elementary schools within the Antelope Valley.  The Club was assisted by students from the Lancaster Interact Club, Volunteer Teachers, Club Members, and Salvation Army Members. 
Check-in began at 7:30 AM as usual.  The children were provided with a name tag and Volunteer Assistant to help with their shopping.  Shopping began at 8:00 AM.  The children shopped the entire store selecting gifts for Mom and Dad, brothers and sisters, pets and other relatives.  At the completion of shopping, the Rotary Club Members, Adult Volunteers, and Lancaster Interact Members took the gifts through the check-out stand and on to the wrapping tables.  Each gift was brightly wrapped with festive holiday wrapping paper and bows for exchange with the children’s 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 tremendous Thank You goes out to Walmart Manager Mr. Nhan and Floor Supervisor Sunshine Ferguson and her staff for their support this year.  Walmart’s help and assistance made 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 this year with joyous and great success. 
After Checking In, Shopping Began
Even Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus Got In Some Early Shopping
In Line at the Register to Check Out
Dual Wrapping Lines Helped Move the Shoppers Along
Lots and Lots of Smiling Faces on the Kids When the Shopping and Wrapping Was Done
Rotary Club of Antelope Valley Members, Volunteer Teachers,
Lancaster Interact Club Members, and Salvation Army Volunteers
Rotary Club of Antelope Valley Members and Walmart Employees