The Roho Charitable Trust and Fishing Club held their annual Christmas Shopping Spree on Wednesday at Walmart. The club brought 271 pre-school through fifth grade children from the Tri-State area to the shopping spree. Various businesses, schools and other volunteers helped with Roho’s endeavor to help make Christmas a little brighter for the children. This year, each child was given $150 to spend — $40 for toys and $110 for clothing. They will also receive shoes donated by Walmart.
The children are chosen from 23 schools by their teachers and principals in the area based on need. Then, they are paired with an adult volunteer to help with the choice of items for their special Christmas shopping trip. Walmart and its associates began preparation for the event in September. According to store manager Doug Napier, all the employees look forward to the event. Walmart provides a special treat for lunch and brings Santa Claus to the store to visit with the children.