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Optimists traditionally adopt a couple of families at Christmas time. The families are recommended by Huron Valley Schools and/or Open Door. Families are asked for a list of items they would like. Children list the things they need—clothes, snow pants and winter jackets, etc., along with toys. Parents sometimes don’t ask for anything for themselves hoping to insure the gifts for their children. We buy for everyone in the family. Our goal, as a club, is to buy every item on their list. We include the food for Christmas dinner and a Christmas tree and decorations, if needed. When everything is given to them, they are usually so appreciative and often overwhelmed. It is this part of the activity that gives us that “Christmas Spirit” and keeps this event on our must do list.