It’s the annual Winter Express Program put on by the eight member Lions Club plus a village of around 200 volunteers. It was a three day event that’s been running for the past eight years, giving kids an experience they aren’t necessarily used to.
“It gives the children the opportunity to shop without their parents present and when the child makes the choice to get a gift and the parent is not involved, it's just a totally different feeling for the kids,” Bainbridge said.
More than 700 kids had the opportunity to come down the aisles each getting to pick out four gifts for family or friends. If you do the math, that's nearly 3,000 items donated to the Lions Club for this year's Winter Express.
The items were provided by local businesses or purchased from grant money. After students shop, elves helped them wrap and tag the presents. Students also got a picture with Santa, someone who is in tune with the purpose of this program.