Story by Lon Tytell
Approximately 40 volunteers gathered on Sat., Dec. 3 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Warwick to wrap about 1,500 items in preparation for the Holiday Project for Children in Need. This event will be held on Sat., Dec. 10 at the Warwick Reformed Church, located at 16 Maple Ave. in Warwick.
The volunteers included members of the Warwick Valley Rotary Club, the Warwick Lions Club, the Greenwood Lake Lions, the Interact Club at the Warwick High School and citizens from the Warwick community. They wrapped clothing and gifts that were bought for each individual child who has been invited to the event. Volunteers also covered 28 special gifts with ten layers of wrapping paper. These heavily wrapped gifts will be used in an unwrapping game the day of the event.
“I am a new member to the Lions Club. We have a wonderful community and I am happy to be part of it, helping to bring joy to children during the holiday season,” said Trish Smyth, a Warwick Lion who volunteered for the wrapping session for the first time.
Smyth’s daughter, Jamie, invited her friends, Tessa Cunningham and Eleanor Glover, all three are of whom are freshmen at Warwick Valley High School, to participate in the wrapping session.
“My mom and dad are new members of the Lions Club so I decided to help also. My friends and I are happy we came to help kids who have only a little. We wrapped outfits, shoes and some toys,” Jamie said.
Luke Fatta, a member of the WVHS Interact Club, also came to help the Rotary Club and his community to make kids happy for Christmas. John Mickowski, a member of the Rotary Club, enjoyed wrapping the variety of clothes. He said, “This project is important because many children are in families that cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts and clothing for their children. This is an opportunity to demonstrate the Christmas spirit.”