For the 27th year, The Rotary Club of Antelope Valley conducted it's Annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree at the Walmart Super Center on 10th Street West in Palmdale on December 11, 2021.  This year The Rotary Club of Antelope Valley increased the number of needy families from 25 to 30.  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 area.  The Club was assisted by students from the Lancaster Interact Club, Volunteers and Salvation Army Members. 
Check-in began at 7:30 AM.  The children were provided with a Volunteer Assistant and 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 and Adult Volunteers 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 Travis Johnson and his support staff again this year for their help and cooperation in making this event possible.  As always, the Rotary Club of Antelope Valley strives 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.
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus Were On Hand To Greet The Shoppers
After An Hour of Shopping, The Shoppers Line Up For Wrapping
The Wrapping Table Workers Busily At Work With Paper, Ribbon And Bows
The Shoppers Keep Coming And The Wrappers Keep Wrapping
Finally, The End Of The Line
The Shoppers Show Off Their Christmas Packages And Gift Card
More Thankful Shoppers With Their Packages
The Shoppers Keep Filing Through The Line With Their Wrapped Packages
More Shoppers And Packages
Nearing The End Of The Line With Cookies And Donuts As Well As Gifts
Finally the Last Shoppers Leave With Their Beautifully Wrapped Gifts
Chuck Church (Event Chairman), Travis Johnson
(Walmart Store Manager) With Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus (Don & Vickie Ryan)
Santa Claus Presenting Lorita Walters Of The Lancaster Interact Club A Check
For Their Help On The Children's Christmas Shopping Spree
The Entire Team Who Made The Shopping Spree Such A Big Success
(The Rotary Club of Antelope Valley, Volunteers From The Lancaster Interact Club,
Travis Johnson And His Staff At Walmart And Our Salvation Army Volunteers)