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Rotarians, Soroptimists distribute food, gifts for needy families
Members of the Rotary Club and Soroptimists International of Port Orchard, including family members, distributed gifts and food to assist families and numerous individual senior citizens — adopted from South Kitsap Helpline.
Distribution took place Saturday at the 18th Annual Port Orchard Cares Christmas event at the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station No. 7 on Tremont Avenue.
Inside one room of the fire station were more than 30 volunteers wrappings gifts assigned for the families. There was an information sheet for each family with includes ages and sizes of the children.
Families drove through the fire station’s bay area as volunteers loaded food and gifts into the vehicles. Some of the volunteers took the food and gifts to those unable to come to the fire station.
Bobbie Weatherill, past president of Soroptimists, said between Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, Rotarians and Soroptimists collected food and accepted donations at local grocery stores — Safeway, QFC, both Albertson’s and Saars’ Market Place — for needy families during the holiday.
Members of the organizations also purchased gifts for the children of the families and for senior citizens whose names were received from SK Helpline.
She said the food was stored on shelving in the fire station, and Southard, Beckham, Atwater and Berry CPA’s provided space for gifts to be stored until the “wrapping party” on Saturday at the fire station.
Scott McClendon provided the shelves for the food storage.
Recipients simply drove through the bay of the station to have their food and gifts loaded into their vehicles.
“We wish to thank all members of the community who shared so generously to help others,” Weatherill said. “It is touching and inspiring to see how quickly people respond to the needs of those less fortunate in these shaky economic times.”
Rotary Club Chair Dave Selbig said the program will help 29 families and 13 senior citizens.
“This year’s Christmas shines brighter for 26 families, three military families and 13 seniors,” Selbig said. “This includes 67 children who will receive at least three gifts each.”
He said a total of 135 people received all the fixings for Christmas dinner including turkey or ham, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, pies and more.