Video: Rotary Club of West Seattle’s Christmas Shopping Spree

We’re at SODO Sears – where that video shows the bustling scene in just one room where the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s Christmas Shopping Spree is in full swing right now. It’s an annual holiday tradition for the Rotarians, who gather dozens of volunteers – today, including students from Mercer Island High School and the University of Washington — to share a fun morning with kids from local schools. As Rotary’s Josh Sutton explained, they rotate the participating schools year to year – this morning, kids are here from Alki, Concord, Gatewood and Roxhill Elementary Schools, plus Pathfinder K-8 (whose principal David Dockendorf was here to help greet them). Kids are matched with volunteers; their shopping spree is bookended by breakfast and lunch in the store’s cafe. First they get coats, jackets and socks, in the room shown in our first clip – then it’s off to shop in the store, up to $100/child (and Sears provides a discount). Santa and a singalong will be part of the fun too. (added 9:26 am, Santa with a student and volunteer)

Even if you’re not here – LOTS of ways you can make this a merrier Christmas for others – the West Seattle Holidays page has a long list of giving trees and donation drives. ADDED 8:50 AM: We talked with the leader of the MI student group about the goodie bags they made, filled and donated:

2 Replies to "Video: Rotary Club of West Seattle's Christmas Shopping Spree"

  • Melissa December 5, 2009 (9:47 am)

    Yay! Good for you all! Good for the kids who receive these goodies, good for the Rotarians, and good for the kids who volunteer to help. Thanks to everyone who donated!

  • coffee December 5, 2009 (12:18 pm)

    Its also nice to see a large store giving additional discounts for this special event! Yea to all involved!

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