SOUTH OGDEN -- Kennedy Solomon was excited to go to work with her mother Tuesday morning at Goldenwest Credit Union.
The 3-year-old walked inside and got right down to business, wrapping gifts for other, less fortunate children.
Kennedy's favorite part of the whole experience was placing the name tags and stickers on top of the finished, wrapped boxes.
"I wanted to get her involved this year and teach her about the importance of helping others," Brenda Solomon said. "She's been having a really good time."
For the past 12 years, the credit union has adopted 25 families from the Weber Human Services Foundation and helped to provide gifts for the children in those families. Each name is placed on a tree inside each Goldenwest branch office for people to choose from. The gifts are brought back to the credit union main office, and employees take the entire day to wrap each and every gift.
"Our members have been incredibly generous this year," said Sabrina Sandry, marketing analyst for the credit union. "It has been amazing, because every time we thought we were running out of money or didn't have enough gifts, we would come into work and see that someone else had pulled through."
Sandry was touched to learn that most children didn't even ask for toys this year.
"They mostly asked for the essential items, such as coats, boots, gloves, hats. If they did ask for a toy, it was a very simple, basic toy like a car, something the rest of us would consider a stocking stuffer," she said.
Diane Windley, vice president over marketing, said throughout the day, employees stopped to wrap a few gifts, whether it was during their lunch hour or their coffee break.
"Several of their family members have come in to help as well, and after school gets out we will have a lot of children here helping," she said. "Santa will even stop by and pay a visit."
Windley said the credit union received the names of the children in need in mid-November and spent two weeks collecting items and money to purchase items.
"The stores were very generous," she said. "If we told them we were buying for charity they usually always gave us a discount. I think it's just miraculous how everything worked out so perfectly."
Jodi Brown, director of the Weber Human Services Foundation, said there is a great need for help in the community this year.
"Not only in the nation and our world, but right here at home in Ogden and Weber County," she said. "Everyone seems to be struggling and some of these families are struggling to provide the basics needs, much less Christmas items, so for donors to step forward and have the generosity to want to help is just heartwarming beyond words."
Brown said families that are helped through the foundation can apply only one time.
"So these 25 families that Golden West is helping are first-time families," she said. "That means this is the first year they have had to turn to us for help. We have a total of 136 children from 57 families this year and believe it or not, all of the needs for these children have been taken care of."
Goldenwest Credit Union plans to deliver all of the gifts this week.
"We're just grateful to have the opportunity to help others. It's our way of giving back," Sandry said.