Once again this year, the Rotary Club of West Seattle and a big supporting cast of volunteers got to play Santa for almost a hundred kids from local schools, during the annual Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree – the club’s biggest day, and signature community-service project, each year. It all started before dawn Saturday, with volunteers already in place as kids began arriving at the building that’s home to SODO Sears, SODO Kitchen, and Starbucks HQ. It’s always a big operation:
The kids patiently waited as a full morning of activities ramped up:
That big morning included, breakfast, shopping, and photos with Santa, who we caught in the early going, with Tom Wise and a determinedly anonymous elf:
The corps of volunteers included UW students:
Huge smiles all around … made possible by the volunteers and by those who donate to the Rotary year-round, including via fundraisers like their summertime Berry Sales, to support this project and others. Read more about the history of the Children’s Shopping Spree here.