With Christmas just under a month away, the members of Golden’s Interact club are busy planning their fourth annual Anti-Grinch project.
The Anti-Grinch project has the members of the Interact club preparing turkey dinners and wrapping gifts for families in need for Christmas day. The club gets together on Christmas eve to prepare dinners, and deliver them around town to make sure that every family has a proper Christmas.
“Community members nominate people who need a lift, it doesn’t have to be financial, it could be anything,” said Georgia Gale, the club’s vice-president, who is currently in her second year of volunteering with the program. “I just had so much fun last year that I decided to do it again.”
The club relies on community nominations to know which families to purchase gifts for, and which families may need the boost around the holidays.
For club member Anne Sidhu, participating in the Anti-Grinch project allows her to bring a smile to a family’s face, which she finds incredibly rewarding.
“I like being able to go to the houses after we make everything, because even though the families know we’re going to come to them, when you actually get to see them, it’s such a rewarding feeling,” said Sidhu. “Especially because you just spent all day in the kitchen for them.”
The club also is looking for donations from the community. People who want to support the Anti-Grinch project are encouraged to donate household items that may be of use to some of the families. People can also support individual families by sponsoring them. This can include buying gifts for the kids, wrapping them, or donating money for a specific families dinner.
Gale believes that these kind of donations are important, and that the Anti-Grinch project is well worth everyone’s donations.
“I just find it’s a really nice group of people, it’s really inclusive, and it’s really rewarding to see these kind of events happening in the community,” said Gale. “Knowing that we’re a part of helping somebody at Christmas, it’s great to be a part of a project that give back to the community.”
For any students who are looking to get involved, they’re welcome to come out to the Interact Club’s meetings, which are held on Wednesday’s after school, from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
“It’s pretty open so even it you’re not sure about it you can go to just one meeting, just to try it out,” encourages Sidhu. “It’s really up to you to what you want to do.”
The Anti-Grinch project is currently looking for an electric turkey roaster as well to help them this year as the project continues to grow.