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Volunteers with Soroptomist International and Rotary Club of Port Orchard load food and gifts into a vehicle for one of the families helped by
Volunteers with Soroptomist International and Rotary Club of Port Orchard load food and gifts into a vehicle for one of the families helped by 'Port Orchard Cares,' a joint project of the service clubs.
— image credit: Tim Kelly/Staff photo

Another example of spirited community service was on display Saturday.

Soroptomist International and Rotary Club volunteers teamed up for "Port Orchard Cares," an annual project that provides food and Christmas gifts for needy families and seniors in the community.

The operation was staged at the South Kitsap Fire & Rescue station on Tremont Street, where families receiving help drove through one of the station's bays and volunteers loaded them up with frozen turkeys, other food and presents for children.

Organizers said the project provided help to about 40 families and 100 children this year, plus there were home deliveries of Christmas aid to senior citizens. The families receiving assistance were referred from South Kitsap Helpline.

Volunteers spent the morning wrapping presents and sorting the food supplies, and around midday the well-organized distribution began, with families scheduled every two minutes to drive through for their pickup.

This is the 16th year of the joint Soroptomist/Rotary project.

 

Below: Rotary Club members, from left, Pete Holt, Jack Gallagher and Tim Thomson wrap Christmas presents for the "Port Orchard Cares" operation Saturday at the South Kitsap Fire & Rescue station on Tremont Street.

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