Christmas shopping can be stressful.
Keith Labhart had $20 to spend and needed to get gifts for both his parents and his uncle. He was also hoping to have a little left for himself.
Labhart, a first grader at Bainbridge Elementary School was shopping at his school's Holiday Gift Shop last week. The annual event is operated by the school's PTO. Fourth grader Claire Jack had a big list - 15 people. "I found most things," said Jack, who also bought a container of Slime for herself. Selena Soto also had a large list - 10 people. She also bought herself a container of Slime and a treat for her dog.
Gift giving was in full swing. It was held December 6-9 during school hours.
The operations at the Holiday Gift Shop were overseen by Tinesheau Howell, PTO president, and Annetta Lidy.
Howell said the shop is a holiday tradition at the school.
On shop days, a storage room is transformed into a shop where gifts range in price from 25 cents to $7.
"What's popular is anything that says mom mom, pop pop, mom or dad," said Howell. "They do shop for themselves if there's anything left." The school has a company which provides everything needed for the shop. It's a PTO fundraiser and that organization also coordinates the volunteers. Students can pre-shop with their parents, so gift giving is less stressful. Volunteers also help those who need a hand to shop and wrap.
Lidy was the cashier on Thursday. "It's going well," said Lidy. "There is some sticker shock. They get so excited buying things that sometimes, they have to put things back. The four dollar and two dollar items are the most popular. Everybody wants a bracelet for mom or a keychain for dad."
She said she watched a lot of children carefully pick out items.
"They are very generous and caring. They are picking out things for a brother or sister. It's sweet to see that. They are very unselfish," she said.
Kim Patrick took volunteer service hours from her job at Bank of America to help. "The kids are excited to buy for their family. It's so nice to see," said Patrick.