WILMINGTON — Wilmington High School Interact Club members were busy this week wrapping gifts at the club’s HoHo Shop Party.
Members shopped for items at Walmart and then wrapped the presents at the high school library.
The club, which is sponsored by Rotary, “adopted” four children through the Clinton County HoHo Shop.
At the party, members also decorated cookies and ate treats as Christmas music played in the background.
Rotary Interact Clubs are for youths ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of public service, or, in Rotary parlance, “Service Above Self.”
Interact Club officers this year are President Sophie Reed, Vice President Zane Bekheet, Secretary Samantha Burns, Treasurer Megan Halloran and Media Specialist Miranda Thrasher.
The Clinton County Ho-Ho Shop is a not-for-profit organization that helps bring Christmas gifts to local youngsters who may not have presents. It serves on average more than 1,100 children annually.
If people want to donate money rather than new toys or clothes through the Ho-Ho Shop, they can mail it to the Clinton County Ho-Ho Shop, P.O. Box 470, Wilmington, OH 45177. Or they can call 937-383-HOHO (4646).
Toy donations can be delivered at the shop on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m., or you can call to set up a time and arrange for a person to be there, or if need be donated items can be picked up.
The shop is located at 2483 U.S. 22/S.R. 3 West just past Naylor’s Furniture (when leaving Wilmington) — stay left in the driveway and head to the little white building. There also is a sign visible from the roadway.
People often customize their gift-giving by receiving a child’s first name, clothing sizes and wish list. That is called sponsoring a child.