Active 20-30 Club providing families a real Christmas holiday this season

50 families to be helped

BAKERSFIELD - Families in Bakersfield are getting some financial relief this holiday season from a group of generous volunteers.

The help is a way for many children to also have a traditional Christmas celebration.

'Tis the season to give as members of the Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield are hard at work in what they call their Santa's workshop preparing gifts for more than a hundred lucky children.

Adrian Diniz has worked all year for this moment.

"It's pretty awesome event because you get to actually interact with the kids and just seeing their faces light up and stuff like that is pretty awesome," said Diniz.

He is collecting toys and clothing for those less fortunate in our community.  Its part of the annual "Christmas Experience" event organized through the active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield.

"It's intended and designed to be an experience for not only for families who we help and support, but for the people who donate.  We invite their staff, we invite their families so, it's pretty cool to see someone running a business or even just a family gets together and pull this money together and then they bring their whole family out and it's a experience for them as well," he said.

Every year the club raises more than $35,000 to allow families and over 150 children to have a real Christmas.

"If you think you're having a bad day, then you come with us and you really see how good you have it,” said Nicky Stobaugh, member of the organization. 

Volunteers turned Liberty High School into Santa's workshop putting the finishing touches on every holiday gift.

"There are some really needy kids out there and you know when you show up and you hand them a new toy, the smiles and the sparkles that light up on them, that's just what's so rewarding," he said.

The club provides families with Christmas trees plus all its decorations, one hundred dollars for food and each child gets a hundred dollars worth of presents.

"Bakersfield is awesome.  This community gives when needs to be given,” said Stobaugh.

Next Saturday members of the club plan to distribute those gifts and even help families set up their trees.

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