Since 2014 WRR has coordinated with Bayyari Elementary School in Springdale, AR for a gift giving to the first, second and fourth graders of the school. Sharon Hays, the secretary for WRR, started the club in the gift giving and it has grown exponentially in volunteers and donations. We have been able to have train rides, pizza parties, Santa Claus and Reindoofus for the kids’ enjoyment. They receive not only toys but staples such as socks, gloves and school supplies. We also donate to the school itself with playground equipment.
Members Cary Haramoto and Marlene Samuels donate a week at their condo in Hawaii for a drawing that is held at the annual WRR Christmas party. Members get a ticket for the drawing for every $50 they donate. Several businesses throughout Northwest Arkansas also donate to WRR for the event. Seeing the look on the children’s faces is the true meaning of Christmas.