ROANOKE CO.,Va.—They rolled out with empty shopping carts, and a few ideas of what a teenager might like for Christmas. Members of the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association fanned out across the Bonsack Walmart Monday morning. And the presents began to pile up.
"I'm trying to think like a 12 to 16 year old," John Hopkins told us. "What would a teenager want for Christmas."
The Home Builders Association asked each employees of its member companies to contribute just a buck. The Dollar for a Dream campaign delivered a whole lot more.
An earlier shopping trip purchased gifts for Salvation Army angels. And the group returned to benefit Toys for Tots.
"It's fun as anything," said Gary Judd, "especially to a Scrooge like me. I'm the biggest bah-humbug there is. That's the reason I do this - to get a little bit of Christmas back in my heart."
The Home Builders Association brought 13 shoppers, with each spending more than 400 dollars. It took them about 30 minutes to make it through the check-out line.
"It's nice to be able to spend somebody else's money," Vickie Love told us, "but to spend it carefully so that kids will get what they want."
By the time Walmart cashier Alex Greene had scanned the last item, the grand total topped $5000. Money well spent, the home builders said, if it delivers more smiles on Christmas Day.