Rotary Club of Del Mar: Bringing Vacation Happiness to Kids for 30 Years
Every Christmas since 1991, the Rotary Club of Del Mar has welcomed up to 75 young children from Del Mar and Solana Beach to a fun and heartwarming holiday event.
Every child deserves to be a little spoiled during the holidays, and the Rotary Club of Del Mar helps by hosting an annual Christmas party. This is an event for members of the boys and girls clubs at La Colonia de San Dieguito clubhouse in Solana Beach, with activities, crafts, gifts and food. This annual Christmas event guarantees the children and families of La Colonia a fantastic holiday. A tradition that started 30 Christmases ago has been changed this year to reflect Covid-safe practices and has become a Zoom Christmas Craft Party.
On Thursday, December 10, kids and their instructors âzoomed inâ to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito La Colonia Clubhouse after-school program to enjoy crafts, music, treats and a tour of Santa Claus.
With the help of Rotarian crafts masters Donna Fipps, Klaus Gubernator, Dee House and Kathy Reed, the party featured four craft sessions where guests made jewelry, Christmas ornaments and sculptures at the using sticky foam nuggets of different colors that stick together when wet.
A special appearance from Santa Claus was welcomed as he joined in the festivities to deliver gifts, hear Christmas greetings from the children and wish everyone a “Merry Christmas”.
This holiday is widely awaited by the bright-eyed, immaculately groomed children of a low-income neighborhood tucked between the seaside communities of Solana Beach and Del Mar. Their mothers will have spent months preparing their evening dresses and outfits for this holiday. occasion, which would be one of the highlights of the year for their children. Santa Claus receives help from Rotary Club members and La Colonia volunteers.
The Rotary Club of Del Mar was established on May 4, 1954, and the club is active in community service both locally and internationally. Through this event, the Rotary Club of Del Mar organized a Covid Relief Fund which was used to help 50 disadvantaged families in the area. Visit delmarrotary.org to see the club’s other efforts. – Rotary Club of Del Mar press release