Sub for Santa food drive in Springville hap­pen­ing Dec. 12

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A com­bined ef­fort of the Springville com­mu­nity to give food to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need at Christ­mas is go­ing on now. As part of the Springville Ki­wa­nis Club’s Sub-for-Santa food drive, food bags are be­ing de­liv­ered by var­i­ous Boy Scout troops in Springville, and res­i­dents should see one on their door soon. The food bags will be picked up on Satur­day, Dec. 12, by the Boy Scouts. Non­per­ish­able food items may also be dropped off at the Art Shop, 443 S. 200 East, Springville, on Dec. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

The Springville Ki­wa­nis Club has been or­ga­niz­ing the food drive for many years in its com­mu­nity. Each year in mid-Novem­ber, Nebo School Dis­trict, The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints’ Bish­ops’ Store­house and lo­cal com­mu­nity churches iden­tify needy fam­i­lies in Springville. Vol­un­teers from Springville High School la­bel bags do­nated by Ream’s Mar­ket and Boy Scout troops de­liver them to res­i­dents’ doors, hop­ing to find them filled with do­nated food when they re­turn to pick them up. The food is then taken to the Art Shop where it is sorted and or­ga­nized for de­liv­ery to needy fam­i­lies.

Doug Hamil­ton, pres­i­dent of the Springville Ki­wa­nis Club, said the Sub-for-Santa food drive be­gins in the sum­mer with the Ki­wa­nis Scone Booth at Art City Days. The Scone Booth is the main fundraiser for the Sub-for-Santa food drive, and 100 per­cent of the money raised is spent in Springville for needy fam­i­lies.

Many cor­po­rate spon­sors help out, but Ream’s Mar­ket in Springville has al­ways gone above and be­yond by do­nat­ing many items like the food bags, wa­ter and snacks for the vol­un­teers, and any­thing else the club might need. The Springville High School Key Club (90 mem­bers strong), the SHS Vol­ley­ball Team and the SHS D’Velles dance team pro­vide vol­un­teer work­ers. With­out Springville High

vol­un­teer work­ers, the Ki­wa­ni­ans wouldn’t be able to make the Sub-for-Santa food drive hap­pen.

Last year, 12,000 pounds of food was do­nated by res­i­dents. That filled 305 boxes of food, which were dis­trib­uted to 256 fam­i­lies in need. Also, 596 Walmart gift cards val­ued at $25 each were given out to the chil­dren of th­ese fam­i­lies. The food and gift cards are picked up by var­i­ous church groups in Springville to be de­liv­ered to the needy fam­i­lies.

Brent Hay­mond, a mem­ber of Ki­wa­nis, said, “Last year there was sev­eral heart-stop­ping events.” For ex­am­ple, one of our mem­bers hap­pened to have a dark suit and tie on when he knocked on the door to de­liver the food and gift cards to a needy fam­ily. When the door was opened, the fa­ther looked shocked and with con­cern in his eyes when he saw the man dressed in a dark suit. The Ki­wa­nian said that he had food in the trunk of the car for him. He still couldn’t be­lieve it. He was en­cour­aged to come to the car. The trunk was opened and as he looked in and saw two boxes of food, he still was in shock. He then turned to the Ki­wa­nian and said, ‘You have come just in time.’ The Ki­wa­nian ask him how many chil­dren were in the house. He an­swered five, and then the Ki­wa­nian handed him five gift cards.

Tears came to his eyes as he said, ‘Thank you, thank you.’”

There were other hum­bling events such as when six beau­ti­ful chil­dren, whose fa­ther had re­cently left the fam­ily, had lost their home the day be­fore and a mother was try­ing to hold ev­ery­thing to­gether. How grate­ful they were for the food and gift card.

“The rea­son I joined (the Ki­wa­nis) is a chance to work to bet­ter our com­mu­nity. We need to keep Springville a good place by help­ing each other out,” Hamil­ton said. Any­one think­ing about join­ing the Ki­wa­nis can check out its web­site at Springville-ki­wa­ The club also meets al­most ev­ery week at Ma­gleby’s for a noon lunch meet­ing.

Mem­bers of the Key Club at Springville are help­ing gather food items as part of the Springville Ki­wa­nis Club’s Sub-for-Santa pro­gram.

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