Optimist Club Has Wish List for Christmas Giving

November 2015

Donations to go to Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The Northern Wake Optimist Club in Rolesville is collecting items for the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House now through December 10, and they need your help. Their Gift Wish List is comprised of everyday products and easy-to-find toys, clothes, and accessories.

Optimist Child Cancer Campaign logo“These donations will be gifts for the families that are staying at the facility during the Christmas holiday,” said Barbara Timmons, charter member of the Rolesville chapter.

The club learned early that families with children who are sick, receiving treatment, or undergoing procedures have a difficult time shopping for Christmas, so these donations allow them to easily choose something to give to each other.

“Those families staying at the Ronald McDonald House find that shopping in that area isn’t easy, and many of the families can’t afford to do any Christmas shopping,” Timmons said. “These gifts will be available at the facility – usually it’s a designated room – and the families will be allowed to go in there one at a time and pick from these gifts.”

Families will also be able to choose from the donated wrapping paper, allowing them to have as normal a Christmas as a family as is possible under the circumstances.

Since the Rolesville Chapter began in 2011, they also have provided meals to the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill. On December 12, the club will serve brunch to the families staying at the facility and bring the donated items.

The Northern Wake Optimist Club Christmas Gift Wish List for new, unused, and unwrapped items.

All items followed by an asterisk (*) are their most urgent needs.

The deadline for donations is December 10.

For infants and toddlers: Fisher-Price/Playskool toys; baby clothing (all sizes, plus preemie); baby blankets; bathing sets.

For children: New children’s clothing & shoes; toys, dolls, action figures; craft kits.

For families: DVD/CDs (recent hits or new releases); gift wrap, bows, ribbons or gift tags; bath and body products.

For teens*: Jewelry/watches/accessories; new T-shirts and sleepwear;  iPods, MP3 players; video games; sports equipment.

For adults*: Perfume and aftershave; jewelry/watches/accessories; sweatshirts/pants (small – 3X); luggage; phone cards; fleece blankets.

Food: Canned meats*; breakfast items * (granola bars, PopTarts, cereal, etc.); coffee creamer/sweetener; cookie and brownie mixes; Juice boxes*; potato chips and other snacks; individually-packaged meals.

Household: Laundry supplies*; Pinesol *; paper towels*; furniture polish; Clorox or Lysol wipes*; dishwasher detergent; Febreeze; copy paper*; Staples gift cards*.

Family: Feminine products; toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss; razors and travel-size shaving cream; travel-size toiletries.

If you would like to donate but don’t have time to shop, please consider giving gift cards such Visa and those for grocery, Target, or other national and/or accessible store.

Drop-off locations in Rolesville:

Granite Falls Apartments Community Center, 404 Hunter Falls Lane

Rolesville Nutrition, 600 B-2 S Main

Privette Insurance Agency, 102 South Main, Rolesville

For further information, contact Barbara Timmons of the Northern Wake Optimist Club at (919) 426-5824. Visit them online at www.facebook.com/NorthernWakeOptimistClub