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Kiwanis Christmas Special seeking donations
by Bill Baldowski
December 11, 2013 05:03 PM | 1229 views | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Standing along side the Christmas trees that adorn the front yard of the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Center, Theresa Delahoy of the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County shows examples of some of the Christmas toys that donations to the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County's 16th Annual Kid's Christmas Special will allow needy youngsters to purchase.
Standing along side the Christmas trees that adorn the front yard of the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Center, Theresa Delahoy of the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County shows examples of some of the Christmas toys that donations to the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County's 16th Annual Kid's Christmas Special will allow needy youngsters to purchase.
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Theresa Delahoy, coordinator of the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County’s Annual Kid’s Christmas Special, said she believes this year’s charity event will be as good, and hopefully better, than last year.

Although this marks the 16th year of the event, it is the third year the Kiwanis Club has handled it after taking it over from the Douglas County Optimist Club.

The activity provides needy youngsters with $100 in donated money to go Christmas shopping for themselves and their families at the Walmart on Ga. Hwy. 5. The children are accompanied by an adult from the Douglasville police or fire department or a member of the city council, on their shopping spree.

“We would like to provide this shopping experience to at least 100 children this year and would love to have enough donations to help 125 children go Christmas shopping,” Delahoy said, adding that 100 percent of all donations go directly to the youngsters.

This year’s shopping event is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 8:30 a.m.

As the children are accompanied on their shopping spree by an adult, Delahoy said the Kiwanis Club encourages the youngster’s family to stay home.

Delahoy said one of her fondest memories of past Kid’s Christmas Special events came just last year when a little girl went straight to the baby area at Wal-Mart and purchased diapers for her infant baby brother.

Although the program does not allow youngsters to purchase any large items, the youngsters use the money to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families, such as toys and clothes.

Each youngster’s shopping spree usually lasts 30 to 45 minutes with the entire program lasting about two hours for the assembled youngsters, Delahoy said. “We have discovered that boys shop more quickly than girls as girls take more time deciding on a gift and often change their minds,” she said.

The shopping experience has proven to be as enjoyable to the adults accompanying the youngsters as it is to the children themselves.

Last year, Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons and District 67 state Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, helped chaperone two children taking part. Delahoy said most of the youngsters take their Christmas wish lists with them on the shopping spree so they won’t forget anything or anyone.

“This is a very special event for the youngsters because, for many, this would be the only Christmas shopping they would be able to do,” she said.

For more information, call (404) 862-8476.
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Jim Wilson
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December 11, 2013
Thanks to the Douglas County Sheriff's Dept.,Douglasville Police Dept., Kiwanians and the many volunteers who came out last year. Good luck and Merry Christmas to all!

Jim Wilson - Past President/ Kiwanis Club of Douglas County
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