Children’s Christmas Spree set Dec. 1-2

Children’s Christmas Spree set Dec. 1-2

For 35 years, the Children’s Christmas Spree has been making the holidays brighter and the winter warmer for Carlinville children. With donations from the community and help of local merchants, area stores and volunteers, children are taken on a day of shopping. This year’s spree will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.

School nurses Karen Smith and Rachel Bouillon select children who are in need of coats and clothing. Volunteer adults meet the children at the Federated Church and accompany them as they shop. Each pair of shoppers is given a predetermined amount of cash to use for their purchases. All shopping is done in Carlinville, where the local merchants provide discounts for the Spree shoppers. “Our shops and restaurants will help make the Spree a fun and successful event,” said organizer Eleanor Harms. Because the Spree is an outreach of the Federated Church, there is no sales tax on the purchases.

The church’s goal is to take 140 children shopping, each with a budget of $140. Children and volunteers will meet at the Federated Church, located at 122 East Second South Street in Carlinville, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday. Most shoppers will be finished buying the items needed by the children, as well as a toy or gift, by 3 p.m.

Donations of any amount are welcome and may be sent to Carlinville National Bank, Attn: Angie Levora, P.O. Box 350, Carlinville, IL 62626. A donation of $140 will sponsor a child.

Childcare for the children of volunteer shoppers will be provided at the church from 11:30 until the event is concluded. Snacks and games will be available.

For more information or to volunteer as a shopper, call one of the organizers: Mary Beasley at (217) 854-2410, Mary Loveless at (217) 825-3626 or Martha Young at (217) 854-9769.