On December 16th, members of the Rotary Club of Kirkland hosted a Holiday party for 22 families living in Kirkland. The children (over 40 of them) were taken to Fred Meyer, and with their Rotary Escort, were given an allowance to spend as they see fit. Some went for toys, others shopped for clothing. Fred Meyer was in the Christmas Spirit and gave 40% discounts on purchases.
After shopping, the families were treated to eggs and sausage while Santa’s little helpers wrapped all the gifts. Then, they got one on one time with the Kris Kringle himself (Dan Bartel of the Kirkland Rotary). Many of the mom’s told Steve Shinstrom, Kirkland Rotary President, without this event, there would be no presents under the tree. Rotarian David Mutal, who organized the event credits generous Rotarians such as Bob and Gail Auslander and Terry and Michelle Cole for making this happen along with the 30 plus Rotarians and their families who volunteered their Saturday so that kids could be kids.