Young Professionals purchase holiday presents for local families

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local group is getting into the season of giving with its annual "Sponsor A Family" night.

The Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley spent Thursday night at the Eau Claire Chamber Building wrapping presents for local families in need.

Local businesses and nonprofits help pick out families to receive the presents.

This year, Young Professionals will provide gifts for five families, which adds up to 18 children and adults.

"I think in today's world, where everybody can focus so easily on themselves, it's really important to remind individuals that there are people who care for them. This event is more about buying presents and everyone coming together to have fun and wrapping, it's about giving hope back to these families and these little kids to remind them they are cared about," said Daneille Strong with Young Professionals.

Funds are provided by Young Professionals members and other community members.