EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- If you’ve finished your holiday shopping and hate wrapping gifts, there is a chance for you to get the job done while supporting a good cause.
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President of the Sunrise Exchange Club Tim Bauer and Vice President Kaye Olsen joined Hello Wisconsin to explain.
People can stop by the gift wrapping booth and have the experts take care of unwrapped presents. All the proceeds help the Sunrise Exchange Club. A link to the hours is under the photo. The booth is located near Old Navy at Oakwood Mall.
The Exchange Club in a service organization whose focus is on child abuse prevention, Americanism, and promoting the youth in our community. We use this fundraiser to finance our programs, give scholarships to youth, install the American Documents walls in many of our local schools and organizations as well as making donations to many other local charities.
Charles A. Berkey is credited with the founding of this great organization. At his suggestion, the name "Exchange" was selected because the group wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.
The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1911. The second was the Exchange Club of Toledo, Ohio, formed in 1913. Subsequently, two others were organized in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Cleveland, Ohio. These four clubs were the first to be chartered by The National Exchange Club after it was organized as a nonprofit, educational organization in 1917.
Exchange Clubs sponsor activities under the organization's Programs of Service - Americanism, Youth Programs and Community Service - as well as its National Project, the prevention of child abuse. Each year, communities benefit from the promotion of pride in our great country, college scholarships, youth mentoring, service to the underprivileged, and other services tailored to serve the needs of its citizens.
In addition to these programs, The National Exchange Club has been at the forefront of significant developments in American history, including the early days of aviation progress. The spirit of patriotism, along with a desire to heighten awareness of our rich religious heritage, placed Exchange in a position of leadership with other organizations that led to the addition of the words "Under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.