More than 100 gaily wrapped gifts provided by the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks will brighten the holiday season for some less fortunate Verde Valley residents.

This is the fifth year that Red Rocks Rotary has sponsored its Holiday Wish List project. New to the program was a partnership with the Sedona Chapter of Toys for Tots which provided two toys and a book for each child in the program including two bicycles and helmets. The retail value of this donation was in excess of $500. As a result, Red Rocks Rotary was able to fulfill holiday gift wishes for four families comprised of five adults and ten children ranging in age from one to twelve years.

One of the boys in this year’s program suffers multiple severe disabilities while another is challenged by a serious medical condition. A third family comprised of a mother and her two children will be spending their first holiday away from an abusive household. The three spent nearly the entire past year living in a domestic violence shelter.

Once approved for participation in the project, the recipients are asked to provide lists of items that the club could furnish. Requested items this year included clothes, toys, electronics, art supplies and household goods. In addition to the wish list items, each family also receives pantry staples along with a $100 grocery gift card.

To further supplement the club’s $1,000 budget, Twice Nice Thriftique contributed wrapping materials, stuffed toys and new clothing. Our own Doc Hughes on behalf of Red Rock Dental provided a year’s supply of toothbrushes and mini toothpastes for the kids and an electric toothbrush each for the five adults.

Club treasurer Donna Hawk shopped for the clothing, other gifts and pantry staples – a total of 100+ items. She then donned her elf cap, turned her garage into North Pole Central , gift wrapped like crazy, sorted and boxed everything for delivery. Desiree Brackin, Denise Dedrick, Phil Reay and Kathryn Stillman will each see the gifts delivered to one of the four families.

The Wish List project is supported by the club’s fund raising endeavors including its recent Oktoberfest that was held October 22 at Sedona’s Posse Grounds. This fourth annual Red Rocks Oktoberfest was attended by more than 700 people and raised over $14,000.

According to Donna Hawk, “the thirty-six members of Red Rocks Rotary are honored that the Wish List recipients allow them the opportunity to add a bit of cheer to this season of giving. The project truly exemplifies Rotary’s motto of  Service Above Self. And, we are especially grateful for the generous donation from Toys for Tots.”