The Children's Holiday Party started in the 1990s to help children from families in need. Originally, guests from different churches, schools, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the South Lake Tahoe Women's Center were rotated as guests. The South Lake Tahoe Women's Center families (approximately 15-20 each year) became our regular guests in 2001. The Women's Center selects the family guests from the children and mothers (sometimes dads) who have turned to them for support away from abusive relationships. The Women's Center prepares the families for the event by discussing table manners and finding dress up clothes for the children (many of the families have never been to a restaurant). The annual evening at Embassy Suites features a delicious holiday turkey dinner, entertainment by local talent, activities for the children, surprise gifts for the parents, and a special visit from Santa Claus delivering holiday gifts to all the children. The Children's Holiday Party is a great way for Tahoe-Douglas Rotarians to work hands on to support the needs of our community.