Club Meeting – November 19, 2015
Lynn Lautenschlager hosted a program on one of the club’s favorite projects: Christmas is for Kids. She and Mandy Gregory, guidance counselor from East Salem Elementary, showed interviews with some of the 40 Salem school children who participated in the program last year. Selected by counselors from Salem’s elementary schools, each child receives clothes and toys at a fun party with Santa Claus. The highlight of the program, though, is taking the kids to Walmart where they choose gifts for their own families. This is often the first time they can give gifts to others. As Mandy said, this program “nurtures their spirits, keeping the children soft.”
On Friday, December 11, club members will wrap the children’s gifts at 6 pm at the Salem Senior Center. The next morning volunteers will gather at 7:15 am to take the children to shop at Walmart, then help them wrap gifts and enjoy the visit from Santa. Breakfast and lunch are provided before the children are picked up by their families.