Kiwanis Club of Newnan hosts annual Christmas Shopping Spree

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Pictured above are Newnan Kiwanis Finance Committee Chairman Mike Barber with Newnan Kiwanis members Cherie Bell, Benjamin Mays and George Alexander helping to organize the shopping spree participants.

From Kiwanis Club Press Release

The Kiwanis Club of Newnan, in partnership with the Georgia Kiwanis Foundation, hosted its Annual Christmas Shopping Spree on Saturday morning December 17 at the Target Store in Newnan.

Newnan Kiwanis works with the local elementary schools to identify children who would benefit from the “shopping spree.”  This year, 97 boys and girls from 16 different schools received a set budget and went on a shopping spree with a Newnan Kiwanis volunteer.  The children are free to choose any item whether games, toys, clothes, or anything else inside the store, provided they stay within their budget.  More than 50 Newnan Kiwanis members and volunteers took turns escorting the children through the shopping spree experience.  

Also participating and supporting the shopping spree were young men and women who belong to the Kiwanis International family of clubs, such as the Builders Clubs and Key Clubs from the local area middle and high schools.  

“The members and partners of the Kiwanis Club of Newnan are dedicated to serving the children of the world,” said Hanson Powell, President of the Kiwanis Club of Newnan. “This Christmas Shopping Spree provides a great opportunity for Newnan Kiwanis to fulfill that mission, brightening the Christmas holidays for so many children and families within our community.”

Newnan Kiwanis member and Newnan City Councilman George Alexander is Chairman of the Christmas Shopping Spree Committee for Newnan Kiwanis, and he added, “The members of the Kiwanis Club of Newnan eagerly anticipate this event each Christmas.  Of course the children love it, but our Newnan Kiwanis members and volunteers also find great joy in the experience of shopping with these children and adding to the children’s enjoyment of Christmas.”  

Powell went on to say that “one of the greatest joys in the shopping experience is how the children often think of their other family members, parents and siblings, when determining how best to spend their shopping budget.”

Alexander offered praise and thanks to Newnan Kiwanis partner Target Stores for their support and assistance in facilitating this event.

“Target Stores is a great partner for this annual event,” Alexander said. “They go out of their way to help and accommodate our needs in fulfilling this special experience for these children.  We can’t say enough about how much we appreciate our relationship with Target Stores.”

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