Gallatin Rotary Club Seeks Shoppers for Christmas for Kids Event on December 14

The Gallatin Rotary Club is holding our annual Christmas for Kids event on Saturday, December 14, and we need your help shopping and wrapping presents.

The event has grown each year for almost 20 years; next month we will take around 130 less fortunate school-aged children shopping and send them home with not only gifts for them and their families, but a grocery cart overflowing with food and paper products so their families can have the Christmas every child deserves.

We make it easy on you — just come to Walmart and we will assign you a child and give you their clothing and shoe sizes as well as restrictions on what can be bought (no video games, for example). You take them shopping for clothes and toys with the allotted money, bring the gifts to our wrapping area, then pick up a grocery cart full of food for their family.

The only hard part is we need you to be there at 6:00 am.

Yes, that’s early, but the experience is really moving — to see the joy of the kids and the appreciation of the parents/guardians to give them all a Christmas they would not otherwise have is a heartwarming experience which will add to your own Christmas spirit and memories.

We know of one woman who brought her two teenage children to be shoppers for the first time last year and now none of them can even imagine missing the event ever again. She is even inviting her church members to participate this year; that is how much she and her children thought of this fantastic event.

Just an hour or so of your time can make a huge difference in the lives of several others who live in the same city in which you do.

If you have any questions, please contact us on our Facebook page (you will find a convenient link at the bottom right sidebar to this website) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you, and we appreciate your help in making this Christmas a special one for everyone in this city! Thank you!


1 day ago

Rotarians, please take note that the memorial services for Jim Hawkins have been set by Betsy and their family.

Visitation from 4:00 - 8:00pm at Family Heritage Funeral Home

Funeral Service at Gallatin First United Methodist Church at Noon with burial to follow at the Gallatin Cemetery

Funeral service for Jim Hawkins is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at Gallatin First United Methodist Church, beginning at 12:00 noon, with burial to follow immediately afterwards in Gallatin Cemetery.
Visitation is the day before, Tuesday, December 10 at Family Heritage Funeral Home, 100 Albert Gallatin Ave, Gallatin, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
-Betsy Hawkins

2 days ago


Our Club sends its collective love tonight to Betsy Hawkins and Jim’s family.

Jim passed away this evening in Nashville. We will share more news as the family makes arrangements.

We love you, Jim. Our city, our Club, our lives are better because of your influence.

Dear friends,
My dear husband, Jim Hawkins, passed away peacefully at 6:37 p.m. on December 6, 2019. Thank you all for your many prayers and love and support.
-Betsy Hawkins

3 days ago

Who is today's speaker at our weekly Rotary meeting? See you at lunch when President Mark Kimbell and Program Chair Bill Kemp help reveal the life story behind today's MYSTERY ROTARIAN!

5 days ago

Rotarians, please continue to hold Jim, Betsy, and their family in your love. As of 9:25am this morning, Jim is still in the care of Alive Hospice. We will respectfully share news as it is available and is confirmed by the Hawkins family.

NOTICE: Jim is still very much alive. As of 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, he is still under the care of Alive Hospice in Nashville. A rumor was started yesterday morning that he had passed away, and I want to assure you that he is still among the living. I promise you that I will let you know when his time has come, and I encourage you to verify information before announcing any information about his status to others. Jim and I continue to be so very thankful for this beloved community ... See more

1 week ago

With plenty to do, and much to be thankful for...

Enjoy this day with your family and friends, Rotarians. See you December 5th!


2 weeks ago

Our guest speaker today was Graham Thomas from the TN Achieve program. Graham spoke to our club about the TN Promise initiative and how to get involved as a mentor.

Graham is pictured with (L-R): Members Kelly Coley, Anna Stephens, Graham Thomas, visitor Mary Martin Butler, member Jim Hawkins, visiting Rotarian Wynde Ross and club president Mark Kimbell.

2 weeks ago

It is a great day to be a Rotarian as Jim Hawkins is back with us again! With Jim today are his wife Betsy and their daughter Karen!

Jim, lead us in the #FourWayTest, please!

3 weeks ago
Gallatin Rotary Club Christmas for Kids Auction & Dinner

Thank you to our sponsors, auction item donors, and especially our attendees at the 2019 Gallatin Rotary Christmas for Kids Dinner and Auction.

We have cleared over $72,000 in money raised for our community projects. Thank you everyone!

We have a few last small expenses to pay, and we always welcome additional donations, but we are comfortable to say that the 2019 Gallatin Rotary Christmas for Kids Dinner & Auction has raised over $72,000 that will be distributed back into our community projects!

Again, we welcome ongoing donations to support this great work, but we are starting to turn our focus to Friday, December 13 for grocery cart shopping and Saturday, December 14 for our shopping morning with local students identified ... See more

3 weeks ago

Two things happening today, Rotarians!

First, our November Board meeting will be held at 10:30am at The Gathering Place. All members are welcome to attend.

Following that, our weekly meeting will be Nov 14 - Scott Turnbow - TVA with the Vice President of Civil Projects at the TVA. We will also have early updates from the dinner and auction this past weekend.

Its a great day to be a Rotarian!

4 weeks ago
Gallatin Rotary Club Christmas for Kids Auction & Dinner

All contributions build towards a huge impact. We appreciate these 2019 Rotary CFK Dinner & Auction Shopping Sponsors!

Dirt Worx
Matthew Thomson - State Farm Insurance Agent
Morningside Gallatin

Thanking all of our 2019 Rotary CFK Dinner & Auction sponsors is a real joy! We appreciate these Shopping Sponsors for their help as well!

Dirt Worx
Matthew Thomson - State Farm Insurance Agent
Morningside Gallatin

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