By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
Kiwanis is for kids. It’s more than a slogan, it’s the reason that Kiwanis Clubs were organized. But, sometimes, taking care of the kids means taking care of the whole family.
That’s what the latest Carter County Kiwanis Club project is about. And they need your help.
Club officer Willis Johnson explained that the group’s next project will distribute more than 25,000 meals to needy families across eastern Kentucky, with half going to flood victims and the other half distributed among the local counties with clubs participating in the program – Carter, Morgan, and Boyd.
To cover Carter County’s share, Johnson said, the club needs to raise $6,250 in donations. They’re asking anyone interested in supporting the endeavor financially to drop off a check, made payable to the Carter County Kiwanis Club, at City National Bank in Grayson. Or, Johnson said, you can contact him directly at (606)255-6359.
If you want to see where your money is going, or can’t support the project financially but still want to help, the group is looking for volunteers to help sort and pack the meals once they’re delivered too.
Johnson said anyone interested in helping sort and pack the meals for delivery should show up at the Grayson Bingo Hall, at 5:30 p.m. for line captain training. Food packing will begin at 6:15 p.m.
He said they expect it will take until around 8:30 p.m. for all the packing to be finished, with volunteers from local high schools and KCU helping with the end of night cleanup and loading for distribution.
If you can’t commit to a full evening, they also need volunteers to help with early setup, starting at 4 p.m. Johnson said they will need anywhere from 80 to 120 volunteers to pull off the entire event.
Each pack will contain enough meal items to feed up to 8 people, Johnson explained. He said they will be packaged with 8 meals (servings) per pack, and 40 packs per box, for 320 meals per box. But how they will be divided and distributed when they reach the various agencies who will distribute them is up to each of those agencies.
No matter how they’re distributed, he said, they’ll help keep the bellies of children and their families full through the holiday season, and that’s what the Kiwanis is here for.
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