12/24/2013 7:50:00 AM Rotary gets in last-minute Angel shopping
With carts full of $1,000 worth of Christmas gifts for more than 50 less fortunate kids and seniors on Dec. 18 at the Chino Valley ALCO store, Rotary Club of Chino Valley members pause for a photo, along with “personal shopper,” ALCO employee Mark Holt, right. Review/Salina Sialega
Susan Tobey picks out a baby doll for the Angel Tree girl she is shopping for during the Rotary Club of Chino Valley’s annual shopping trip. Review/Salina Sialega
Thirty-three children and 20 seniors in Chino Valley and Paulden will have most of what's on their Christmas gift list thanks to the Rotary Club of Chino Valley.
Club members picked up that number of Angel Tree tags Dec. 18 at the Chino Valley ALCO store and went shopping. The club raises money all year to be able to donate to several charities, including the Angel Tree, which it's been doing for the past five years.
"For this group, it's giving back to the community, especially those less fortunate, Club President Gary Warren said.
Warren said the club spent about $1,000 for Angel Tree gifts and another $500 for gifts at Walgreens Dec. 16 for Christmas boxes that the Chino Valley Food Bank will give out this season.
Many of the seniors requested items to stay warm this winter, such as blankets, heating pads or warm booties. One wanted a Western novel and a crossword book, and another wrote on her wish list that she wanted patches to relieve arthritis pain.
The children's toy requests were simple - a doll, a basketball, a skateboard or a bike. One child was more specific and wanted a toy Monster truck.
Many of the parents asked only for clothing for their children, including socks and underwear.
For Rotary member Rhonda Chavez, who has two children of her own, it saddened her to see such basic needs requested on the Angel Tree tags.
"You realize that people are facing bad conditions," Chavez said.
Member Jeanelle Shearer added, "There's socks, underwear and T-shirts all over the place."
It may not have been on the list, but the ladies also bought toys for the children. Chavez bought her "Angel" a large teddy bear, which she knew would get plenty of hugs from a happy little girl on Christmas morning.