Shopping day tailored to young patrons

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Arianna Jarvis, 10, looks for Christmas presents at Saturday's Kids Shopping Day event, where students from Saint Paul Lutheran High School assisted shoppers with gift wrapping. (Sarah Reed/The Concordian)

Arianna Jarvis, 10, picked up a ring and then looked at an array of jewelry displayed on the table. Along with her parents, Brian and Mechelle Jarvis, she spent part of Saturday morning shopping for a Christmas present for her grandmother.

Kids Shopping Day, organized by the Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce, offered youths an opportunity to find low-cost gifts for their loved ones. The annual event was held at Concordia Community Center.

An hour into the morning, Chamber Director Cara Harris said there had been a steady flow of shoppers.

"We have more vendors than we've had in several years," she added, saying they were waiting for a surge. "We've got lots of great things."

And children seemed to be enjoying themselves at the "shopping center" designed for kids.

"I'm Batman!" Gus Sayre said, running about the gym with his arms stretched out while his sister, Allie, paid for her purchase.

Harris and Lori McGinnis pulled tags off of items at the purchasing table, helping some children hide the presents they'd bought from their parents.

Merchandise ranged from home décor to automotive products and crafts, among other items. Some children perused the tables while others took pictures with Santa or hugged a visiting Comfort Dog.

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