Eight-year-old Riley Cleveland just smiled, as she helped her mother wrap a present.

"I just like helping other people," she said, adding she's also spent time ringing the bell with members of her 4-H Club this year.

Cleveland, a student from Turkey Ford Schools, was just one of the volunteers helping members of the Santa's Old Broads wrap presents for more than 100 students living within Delaware County.

Others involved in the project included representatives from the Department of Human Services, the Women's Auxiliary of Monkey Island, and the Delaware County Community Action.

For Cleveland's mother, Roxanne, the project served as a learning tool for her daughter.

"I think it's good because it teaches her to help out other people, and to learn that not everybody has everything," Roxanne Cleveland said. "It's teaching her to be giving."

In all, the Santa's Old Broads, under the direction of this year's project coordinators Lynn Adzigian Hasselman and Sandy Sullins, provided gifts for 104 children between the ages of birth to 12-years.

Each student adopted by the SOB's (and they affectionately call each other) will receive two complete outfits, new underwear and socks, a new pair of shoes and at least one, if not more toys. 

Hasselman said the group spends at least $100 per child, but admits the number grows each year as the cost of items increases. A complete total of this year's project was unavailable as of press time.

The group, which is an official 501c3 non-profit, has undertook the Christmas project for more than 15 years.

"It just makes your heart feel good," said Kay Wells, an original member of the SOB's. "It's all about giving. We started with 25 kids, because it was all we could do - we were so small."

Now after producing six cookbooks later, and with other means of making money, the group has been able to multiply it's efforts each year substantially. 

"It's such a worthwhile, worthy cause," Wells said. "There are so many underprivileged children in the county - and we continue to find more."

Wells credits the support the group receives from the community, for why the Christmas program is a success.

The group gives the gifts to parents, without strings. 

"We try to stay anonymous," Wells said. "But the parents know, and sometimes they tell the children.

"We give with no expectation of thanks."

Sunny's Superhero Volunteers

Sunny The Elf has returned - after Superhero Training, with a quest to find - and feature - a variety of superhero volunteers within the Grand Lake community.

We're looking for volunteers who work tirelessly in the community for little or no recognition - or someone who may need some extra kudos this Christmas season, for their efforts.

Submit a "super-hero" volunteer's name to Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller at 918-786-2228, or by email to khutson@grovesun.com. Our goal is to feature a different volunteer in each issue of The Grove Sun during the month of December.