12/31/2012 2:32:00 PM Wrapping up Christmas spirit
Leo Club members wrap up some gifts Dec. 14. Photo by Jacqueline Quiroz.
By Jacqueline Quiroz Reporter@OthelloOutlook.com
The holidays are a beautiful time full of joy, happiness and love. We spend time with our family and loved ones and give presents and joy to others. However, there are some people who do not get to enjoy this jubilant time, let alone any other time. Thanks to Leo Club, a group of high school volunteers have gathered together to give back to some in our community to bring some holiday cheer and hope to underprivileged families. The annual Christmas present wrapping took place Dec. 14. These volunteers gathered together to wrap $800 worth of gifts bought for five underprivileged families from our communities. This event has been going on for about seven years. Each year, Lions Club holds a silent auction in the spring to raise money for buying these gifts. Leo Club receives a list of information for each family and then goes to Walmart and spends two hours to fill up a cart for each family. Each cart is filled up with things such as clothes, toys, books and other basic necessities to have a good Christmas and to stay warm this winter . After everything is wrapped, the volunteers have the opportunity to deliver the gifts and surprise the clueless families. "I like seeing the expressions and seeing how thankful they are," Monica Lopez, Leo Club secretary, said. Not only does this event bring happiness, but it seems to get better every year, suggesting this good cause will not end anytime soon. "Last year was disorganized." Jennifer Escobedo said. It's only going to get better. "It becomes more and more organized every year." Monica Lopez, a four year member, said. The families are not the only people who get to benefit from this event. The volunteers enjoy the gift of giving just as much. "We're giving gifts to people who can't afford to buy them," Jennifer Escobedo, treasurer of Leo Club, said. "It's nice." Natalie Gomez, a junior Leo Club member, agreed. "It's cool that we get to help the community," she said. "There are some families out there who can't have a great Christmas, so it's nice that we get to acknowledge that."