Springville Ki­wa­nis Club helps 100s with food drive

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Russ Moss

On Dec. 13, cit­i­zens and friends of Springville gath­ered at the Springville Art Shop to pro­vide ser­vice for chil­dren and fam­i­lies in need. Work­ing with lo­cal churches and Nebo School Dis­trict, the club iden­ti­fied 660 chil­dren that were part of 237 fam­i­lies in need. The club then worked to col­lect food and pro­vide gift cards for those chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

The ef­fort was spear­headed by the Ki­wa­nis in part­ner­ship with The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter day Saints, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, Springville High School, the Key Club and gen­er­ous citi- zens and friends of Springville. To pro­vide for th­ese fam­i­lies, the Ki­wa­nis Club spent con­sid­er­able time or­ga­niz­ing and bring­ing the var­i­ous groups to­gether to col­lect, sort and box the food.

There were sev­eral hun­dred cit­i­zens that came to­gether to sort over 12,000 pounds of do­nated food in 305 boxes. There was over 1,150 ser­vice hours pro­vided in this ef­fort. Each fam­ily in need was given from one to three boxes of food de­pend­ing on the size of the fam­ily.

Ki­wa­nis has car­ried out fundrais­ing ef­forts all year to support the Sub-forSanta pro­gram along with other wor­thy causes such as the Chil­dren’s Art Fes­ti­val and High School Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram. Ki­wa­nis has been very blessed this year by funds raised through its Scone Booth (dur­ing Art City Days), Sub-forSanta 5K and cor­po­rate do­na­tions. The club was able to meet its com­mit­ment to chil­dren of Springville and pro­vide 660 Wal­mart gift cards (val­ued at $25 each) for each of the Springville chil­dren in need. Th­ese gift cards were pro­vided to the chil­dren at the same time the food was de­liv­ered to the fam­i­lies.

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Springville is blessed and hon­ored to be an in­te­gral part of this great ser­vice project, to part­ner with the groups men­tioned above, and to serve chil­dren and fam­i­lies of Springville. The club’s mis­sion is to “Serve the Chil­dren of Springville.”

Gina Woolf

Vol­un­teers sort and box food as part of the Springville Ki­wa­nis Club’s food drive held on Dec. 13.

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