Children's Hometown Holiday almost here

Scott Moell, owner of the Wapakoneta Arby's, presents Children's Hometown Holiday Chairman Elaine Poppe with a $5,000 check.
Managing Editor

It’s almost here.

Although the Cookie Contest and the Gift Wrap Contest were held in early November, the main events of the Children’s Hometown Holiday are only a day away.

The CHH is put on by more than 300 volunteers, led by chairman Elaine Poppe.

“We are a non profit with no paid employees and we raise the funds to put on this event with donations from businesses, friends, and even family,” Poppe said. “Our mission is to ensure that every child in our community has a wonderful fun-filled holiday weekend that costs the children nothing. Because everything is free to them, every child is treated equally, no matter their financial status.”

Poppe made the comments following receipt of a $5,000 donation from Scott Moell, owner of the Wapakoneta Arby’s restaurant, with $1,000 to be dispensed over the next five years. Poppe said Moell’s gift will help defray the $25,000 expenses of the CHH. In thanking Moell for the donation, Poppe added, “Scott has Christmas and children in his heart.”

As in previous years, the annual event packs a lot of activity into the weekend. Poppe suggests parents help their children select events that are age appropriate.

See Thursday's print edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News for a full schedule of Children's Hometown Holiday activities and events.