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Wellington mom's club helping provide Christmas gifts to 500 children in need

Holiday gifts to be distributed Dec. 18-22
Holiday gifts donated for The Mom's Club of Wellington, Decembe 2021
Posted at 1:49 PM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 17:31:43-05

WELLINGTON, Fla. — A group of mothers in Wellington is once again making sure families in need are having a happy holiday season.

Every year, the Mom's Club of Wellington chooses families in need to purchase gifts for their children.

This year's toy drive began in August with organizers reporting an outpouring of support from local residents, surpassing expectations.

"Due to the pandemic, the last several years has caused local families to forgo behind able to help buy holiday gifts for their children," said Aimee Stern, founder of The Mom's Club of Wellington.

Aimee Stern, founder of the Mom's Club of Wellington
Aimee Stern prepares to begin distributing the toys donated over the last few months.

In addition to gifts, the group collected gift cards and non-perishable goods to help local families in need of food.

"We've covered people for Hanukkah, so that's past, and they've had a great holiday, and now Christmas and Kwanzaa are just around the corner, and there's going to be a lot of happy children, so I'm thrilled," Stern said.

The toy drive ended Thursday for donations. The disbursement of the holiday items will be conducted Dec. 18-22.

Nicole Zwibel, helped with Mom's Club of Wellington Toy Drive, Dec. 17, 2021
Nicole Zwibel was among those who helped with the toy drive.

"I think there's probably so many more even that didn't reach out and ask her, that's why the more donations the better, just people are sometimes afraid to ask," said Nicole Zwibel, who helped with the toy drive.

The group said more than 500 children will be receiving gifts this holiday season thanks to the help of the kindness of their neighbors.

Twice as many families were in need this holiday season compared to last year, according to organizers.

Stern said the drive originated as a way to teach her children about the gift of giving.