After about two months of preparation, it’s time for the annual Christmas party at the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club.
Plans for the Thursday party include a Christmas dinner cooked by a volunteer chef, crafts for the younger kids and a visit from Santa Claus, who’ll take pictures and hand out gifts to everyone 12 and under. The Boys & Girls Club collected more than 350 gifts for the occasion, said program coordinator Maddie Anderson.
On the night before the party, the Price Street clubhouse was full, like usual. A basketball game unfolded in the gym. A group of middle schoolers crowded around a TV screen in the game room; younger kids ran through the halls and played outside in the snow. A glowing Christmas tree sat in the corner of the multipurpose room, and handmade Christmas decorations lined the walls outside. The excitement was electric.
But the party wouldn’t be possible without the community, Anderson said.
Many brought gifts, or rolls of colorful wrapping paper. Volunteers from UPS will come in to help with crafts for the party, and volunteers from Cummins Northwest will transform into Santa and his elves for a day, Anderson said.
“We’ve had so many volunteers and a lot of families drop in and say, ‘Hey, what can I do?'”
They made Christmas brighter.