Columbus Sunrise Rotary Hosts Christmas Party for Teens

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Thursday Teen Group members in Columbus had a wonderful Christmas thanks to the generosity of the Sunrise Rotary club and its members. The weekly support group is attended by students aged 13-18 who have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Many are dealing with other issues including suicidal ideation, anger, gender and body image. During regular weekly meetings teens learn self-worth, build self-esteem and how to build lasting appropriate relationships with other students and adults. 

Sunrise members, realizing the teens having aged out of community holiday programs were facing a holiday without the likelihood of Christmas gifts, decided to host a Christmas Party. Teens and Rotarians had a great time getting to know each other over pizza and games. Teens were surprised and delighted to learn the party would continue the following week when the group would go on a shopping trip, along with their caseworkers, to spend funds donated by club members. In her thank you note one teen shared, “I am so appreciative for everything you have done for not only me but for all the girls in the teen group. Our gift at the party and shopping trip meant so much to me. I now have bras that actually fit! These things may seem simple, but to me it means the world, thank you once again!”

Relationships among teen and Rotarians will continue to grow. Sunrise Rotarians plan to visit once a month to provide support and encouragement.

Sunrise Rotarian Jean Ozols is pictured handing out Christmas gifts.