December 14, 2006
They have made their lists, and have checked them twice. Elementary students in Orange County are finding out just who is on Santa's nice list.
Outside the local retail store in Orange County things look delightful. On the inside it could be frightful because of what kids like Justin Viscolosi is doing.
"Playing, running around, and hiding in clothes," said Justin Viscolosi.
The horse-play is in good fun by Justin and 70 of his classmates. The Orange Kiwanis Club is continuing a tradition it does this time every year by giving $75 to 75 kids between kindergarten and second grade. Kids use the money to buy gifts for family members.
"It's just something we fell like needs to be done. It's just a good project, said Ricky Crane of the Orange Kiwanis Club.
Ricky Crane has been a part of the shopping spree for 32 years. It's usually the same each year. Kids buy this, and kids buy that.
However, something different happened this year.
A lady who saw so many kids in the store caught the Christmas spirit. She handed out one dollar bills to every kid she saw.
"Great! That is surprising. I did not know that happened. It makes me feel great," added Crane.
The Orange Kiwanis Club said it is grateful to the Orange County community for making this happen every year.
The total of all the money handed out to the kids from the Orange Kiwanis Club was more than $6,000.