Colored lights, blaring horns and the cheers of an excited crowd. That’s how the annual Christmas 4 Kids shopping spree began at the Hendersonville Walmart Super Center on Dec. 17. Beginning with a dinner and entertainment at the Gallatin Civic Center earlier in the day, the event brought 400 local children together to fulfill their Christmas shopping dreams.
This year’s chaperones included several local celebrities, including singer and N’Sync cofounder Chris Kirkpatrick and Channel 4 anchor Holly Thompson. Local tour bus drivers donated their time and their busses to provide transportation for the children and chaperones; making the evening a special time for everyone.
Upon their arrival at Walmart, the children were greeted by a gauntlet of cheery volunteers as they disembarked from the busses. Several special guest greeters were also in the crowd, including the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and various Star Wars characters.
During the shopping event, each child received a $175 allowance that they could spend however they wished. In addition, each child also received a free winter coat.
Judging by the smiles on the faces of the children, their chaperones and the volunteers, Christmas 4 Kids was truly “the most wonderful time of the year.”