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Waterloo Jaycees help children buy presents for loved one


by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) For about 37 years, the Waterloo Jaycees has helped children buy Christmas presents for their family members.

This year, about 70 children from the Waterloo area went up and down the aisles looking for just the right gift for a loved one.

"We're hoping the children buying Christmas present for their family learn about the importance of giving to others, and some of the children wouldn't have the opportunity to do that for their family if it wasn't for this event," said Cheryl Meller with the Waterloo Jaycees.

Blain's Farm and Fleet in Cedar Falls opened extra early for the children and the adult volunteers.

"We have more than 80 volunteers this year. It's an amazing, heart warming event. Once you've participated as a volunteer you look forward to coming back every year," said Meller.

The little shoppers knew who they wanted to buy for....

"My baby sister and my brother," said one child.

And many came with suggestion lists to help find just the right gift for a parent or a sibling.

"A cuponk," said another child.

The kindergarten through sixth graders each got $50 to spend this year.

Lots of tough choices and lots of trips up and down the aisles.

"It really encompasses the true spirit of the Waterloo Jaycees, which is to give back to the community in which we live. It's an important event for us. We look forward to it every year, and we're excited we can continue to do this year after year," said Meller.

Money for the event comes from Jaycees fundraisers like the Waterloo Fireworks and the Waterloo Open.

After shopping, the children went back to the UAW Hall to wrap the presents.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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