NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) — Volunteers were busy Sunday wrapping nearly 3,000 gifts for children in need at Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.
“A lot of the kids we serve are under-privileged children and may not have a lot of things for Christmas. So, it’s a big help for the parents to know that they are getting gifts from the Boys and Girls Club and Toys for Tots and the Optimist Club. That way it takes a little pressure off of them. And we had a mom call last year in tears just thanking us for what we had done because she didn’t have anything for her kids that year so that just makes you feel great about what you are doing,” Tina Hood, Director of Volunteers, said.
Hood said close to 200 people were on hand for the wrapping event at the Ed Endress Boys and Girls Club in New Albany.
“We give them a Christmas that they otherwise wouldn’t have. What else can you do with your time that could be any better?” said Jim Strozdas, a volunteer.
Former board member and volunteer Jim Strozdas has been part of the gift wrapping for roughly 20 years.
“We seem to have more volunteers every year and more people come back every year so it’s a great environment and everybody has fun for a good cause,” said Strozdas.
Strozdas said for his family this has become a yearly Christmas custom.
“I have two college kids that still come back, and they have been coming since grade school. So, it’s part of our holiday tradition. It’s important to us,” he said.
Hood said some of the groups that volunteered this year are the Spaulding Women’s Basketball team, Collegiate High School, and Bellarmine Film Association. The gifts will be distributed at Boys and Girls Clubs holiday parties to roughly 1,000 children on December 18 and 23.
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