The Annual Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree supporting local community elementary students in need was held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at SEARS at South Center Mall. West Seattle Rotarians and a couple of hundred other volunteers assisted the children and made it a memorable event.
A Brief History of The Rotary Club of West Seattle’s Children’s Shopping Spree:
This project, perhaps more than any other identifies the Rotary Club of West Seattle. The project started from very humble beginnings in 1972 when a few Rotarians took several young people Christmas shopping for a few clothing items to a program that annually involves Rotarians sponsoring a shopping spree for 100 students. The day begins early as students arrive and have an opportunity to talk about the shopping plans. Individual students are matched with a Rotarian and they are off to shop.
The goal is to be sure that all of the participating children have warm winter clothing, good footwear and appropriate clothing. After an exhilarating shopping spree, the children meet Santa, receive additional donations, have lunch, sing holiday songs and are finally transported back to their respective schools.
This project, lead by West Seattle Rotarians, also includes school administrators, counselors, teachers, and other volunteers who make it all happen as planned.