First Ever SBEC Christmas Shopping Experience

“The smiles on staff and participants’ faces at St. Benedict Education Center’s (SBEC) first Christmas Shopping Experience was a wonderful sight to see,” said Kara Bauer, Program Supervisor and organizer of the shopping experience. SBEC provided over 250 gifts for the children of all SBEC participants. The halls were filled with holiday music as shoppers were welcomed by SBEC staff elves. All participants were able to choose an age appropriate toy for each one of their children. After shopping they proceeded to the next room to get their gifts wrapped and labeled by an elf. Small spider plants, donated by Potratz Floral Shop & Greenhouse, were also available to all shoppers. “The energy that afternoon was high as everyone enjoyed the holiday music, cookies donated by International Bakery and hot chocolate,” Kara shared. “Moments like this are so special. It was a memorable experience for all of us.”

Contributed Photos:
Top: SBEC Staff Elves
Bottom: Sandra Osmanski, Employment Coordinator (left) and participant Melissa Kirksey

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