ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Area children who are living with developmental disabilities experienced a little extra Christmas cheer today as the Zanesville Noon Rotary Club held its annual Christmas Party at Adornetto’s Selected Italian. The Noon Rotary Club has been holding a Christmas Party complete with gifts, pizza, and a visit from Santa for over half a century. Sheila Everett, a Noon Rotary Club Member, says the goal of the party is to make the holiday season a little better for local children.
“We’ve been doing this for over 50 years for the community and it’s to help kids that might not have a great Christmas—to make it a little more special. They are kids that have some disabilities within the Zanesville community. So, the local schools tell us which kids would be eligible for us to buy presents for and to have this pizza party for them.”
Children from local elementary schools enjoyed an afternoon of food and fellowship; which Rotary Club Members say is always an uplifting sight.
“They have a wonderful time here. It’s really fun once they arrive the room fills with lots of laughter and you can just feel the excitement; and then when they start to open the presents you hear all kinds of delightful sounds.”
After visiting with Santa at Adornetto’s, the children ended the afternoon by opening gifts purchased and wrapped by the Noon Rotary Club.