Optimist partners with Service Club to Host Van Wert Children’s Christmas Garden

Jim Clay and his family have dedicated six Christmas seasons to bring joy to the Van Wert and surrounding communities in the form of a whimsical Christmas Garden – A place where imagination becomes a reality. From free candy canes to a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, area residents were delighted to get into the holiday spirit.

This fanciful display was made possible by many corporate and private sponsors.

When it was shared that the event may not continue, two area clubs were inspired to join forces to continue the Christmas display at Smiley Park. Thanks to their volunteer spirit, The Van Wert Service Club and the Optimist Club of Van Wert are joining forces to continue the Christmas joy that is the Children’s Christmas Garden at Smiley Park in Van Wert, OH.

It is important to both clubs (armed with very gracious volunteers), that the spirit of Christmas be retained. Christmas isn’t just about the oohs and ahhs of beautiful displays, it’s more about spending time together. Both clubs believe that the focus should be on the PRESENCE (of family and friends) versus the PRESENTS.

We have faith that this event will delight those of all ages and will serve as a family-friendly and fanciful experience.

We are diligently working with community members and corporate sponsors to provide this event to our community at no charge. Please help if you can, donate, share on Facebook and spread the word! You can donate online at: https://www.gofundme.com/vw-childrens-christmas-garden

Silver Sponsorship: $10 to $100

Gold Sponsorship: $101 to $499

Platinum Sponsorship: $500