Raymond Rotary comes through with hampers for Blood Reserve
On December 17, a service project to provide Christmas hampers for needy families on the Blood Reserve was carried out.
“The students determined that a Christmas hamper project for families in need would be their initial project,” Val Boehme, president of the Raymond Rotary said.
“We asked for teacher volunteers as to work with the students and we had one teacher, a councillor and two teacher aides volunteer to help with the students. We wanted to do our first project before Christmas, so the teachers council suggested we put together food hampers for 12 needy families in the community.”
Leavitt says that the food, which was previously purchased with allocated funds, was packaged into decorated boxes by middle school students and other helpers on December 17th.
“The hampers were delivered to the families later in the day.” Leavitt said. “There were plenty of smiles and excitement from the students as they all worked together.”
The project was brought to fruition by combined efforts from the Live Like Lilli Foundation, Rotary Club of Raymond, matching grants from District 5360, and in cooperation with the Kainai Middle School.
“The Rotary Club of Raymond has sponsored significant Dental and Educational Projects in Africa over the past decade,” Boehme said. “With these International Humanitarian Projects being successful, we turned our attention to our neighbors closer to home.”
Steve Leavitt, co-founder of the Live Like Lilli Foundation said that the principal at the middle school was excited to have her students and some teachers participate in the project. About a month ago, the Leavitts met with all the teachers and explained the project to them.
“We reviewed the purpose of Rotary International which is “service above self.” Leavitt said. “We also reviewed the purpose of the Live Like Lilli Foundation being “See good, Do good, Share good.”
Boehme adds that individuals and families who have attended the Community Carol Festival over the past three years have brought non-perishable food for the Standoff Food Bank and toys, books, and DVD's for the Kainai Public Library.
“This year, while applying for matching grant funds from Rotary District 5360 for Scholarship funds to be awarded to Raymond High School Students for "Outstanding Community or Humanitarian Service, we mad a separate application to the District to engage students at the Kainai Middle School in Community Service awareness and development projects,” Boehme said. “The Live Like Lili Foundation and the Rotary Club of Raymond both contributed $1250.00 to the project and these funds were matched by Rotary District 5360 with $7500 for a total project budget of $10,00.00.”
Last year, in a joint venture of the Blood Band Board of Education, Kainai Public Library, and the Rotary Club of Raymond, three "little libraries" were built by the Rotary Club with the help of funds from the Blood Band Board of Education.
The Kainai Public Library has managed and maintained the "little libraries" since they were built.
Leavitt says that this joint venture is the first project of about a total of 8 projects which the group wants to do over the next two years
“The students were very engaged, as they had the opportunity to serve others,” Leavitt said. “It is our hope that the students will see the joy of service and incorporate this as part of their lives. All the funds have already been raised so if anyone would like to participate with Rotary, they can contact me at 403915-3315.”