Monday, November 8, 2010
Probably the coolest thing I have ever done was to be invited to participate in a yearly event called "Santa Clothes". This event is hosted by Target and the local Rotary Club. Every year the local schools choose elementry aged children to go shopping at Target. The children are choosen by teachers and principals from each school. Each child is paired up with an adult on a Saturday morning, near Christmas time and given $110 from the Rotary Club and a 10% off coupon from Target. I really feel that Target can contribute a bigger coupon but 10% is better than none at all! The child and adult meet at 7:00 a.m. inside Target where the Rotary Club gives the adult the money and the child a bag of goodies that normally consist of shampoo, deodorant, luffa sponge and hair care products. The adult takes the child shopping and is supposed to focus on purchasing the child clothes, hence the name "Santa Clothes". The adult is given the money and coupon. The adult pays the difference if they go over the $110 - 10% off coupon. Last year my daughter spent $375 on her child, she is very giving(with mom and dad's money! LOL!) This is a very rewarding event for us. I like that the parents of the children must wait at the front of the store. The child normally comes prepared with a list of things they need and a the size. Receipts are collected as we check out so parents can not return the items for cash. After check out the children stop at an area the schools have set up to get free books. It's an awsome day for each child that participates. The Rotary Club is constantly raising more money in hopes that they can have the funds for even more children to be given the gift of Santa Clothes.