(Dec. 13, 2013) More than 40 children in need shopped for Christmas gifts for themselves and family members last Saturday, thanks to the Young Professionals Committee of Ocean City’s United Christmas Spirit Campaign.
Children took to the aisles of Wal-Mart on Route 50 from 6:30-8:30 a.m., each with $100 to spend on gifts of their choice. They also enjoyed games, arts and crafts and breakfast at Outback Steakhouse following the event.
“Some of the kids just buy a bike and a helmet and they’re done, but a lot of the kids really like that they’re able to share the spirit of Christmas and are able to give back to their family,” said event volunteer and publicity coordinator Anna Giles.
More than 80 volunteers, mostly from the Young Professionals, helped man the gift-wrapping station, chaperon shoppers and register children at Outback. Donations by area businesses and individuals helped fund the campaign.
“It takes a lot of man power,” Giles said. “Many of the local business owners and people around the area were willing to donate to the cause.”
Wal-Mart chipped in $1,000 for the event and owner of Gold’s Gym Howard Baldwin donated $1,500, for example, she said.
SonRise Church provided activities and volunteers for the game room, where children went to play and meet Santa after they had finished shopping.
“This event took a lot of giving and helping out to coordinate, and they’re able to take that message home,” Giles said.