This past Saturday Optimist members, Avondale Youth Assistance, Jo’Angela’s Deli, Avondale Schools employees, the Senior Department for the City, the Police Department and Meijers all came together to provide 25 needy children with a Christmas shopping trip to buy gifts for their families. The kids were selected because they were from families who are particularly challlenged. Our adult volunteers helped the kids shop and then wrap their gifts. It is a wonderful event that has been in continuous operation in this community for more than 18 years.
I saw one little boy who wanted to buy a winter jacket for his dad because he said dad only had one jacket that had a broken zipper. He was worried about his dad who had to work outside, now that the weather was getting cold. One boy was happy to buy a gift for his teenaged sister that included a couple of cool colors of nail polish and a lip gloss. We had gifts for grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters. The kids were clearly happy at the thought of giving to someone they love. The adult volunteers enjoyed making it happen. (To see more photos click on over to our Facebook page for the Police Department.)
And we’re not done….we have another shopping trip next Monday organized by Officer Mike Kazyak (ret.) at Target in Auburn Hills with kids from Pontiac Youth Assistance aided by the Pontiac Optimist Club.
Auburn Hills is a great community not just because of its great business climate and its entertainment venues and its place as a shopping mecca–it is also because it is a caring community that comes together to help kids and families in need.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially Roger Lamont, Store Director of Meijer, Mr and Mrs. Piganelli of Jo’Anglea’s Deli, the Morning Optimist Club of Auburn Hills and all of our volunteers.