The Morenci Kiwanis Club is gearing up for its busy season. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays lead to hard work for club members.
Plans for the community Thanksgiving dinner served in the high school cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day are underway. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the dinner for friendship, fellowship and a traditional turkey dinner.
The Wishing Tree project served more than 200 area children last Christmas, providing gifts to each child and food to their 115 families.
Paper stars that list clothing sizes of each child and their wish list for a toy or two are hung on Christmas trees at United Bank and Trust, First Federal Bank and Stair Public Library. Members of the public choose a star, buy gifts for that child, and return the wrapped gifts to the location where they chose the star. Then Kiwanis members organize the presents for families to pick up prior to Christmas. The stars should be ready for the public by Nov. 15.
During this holiday season, Kiwanis members will also be seen at various locations ringing the bell to benefit the Salvation Army. Members of the Morenci High Area School Volunteer Club offer their time to help with this project, too.
Other projects Morenci Kiwanis members are involved in throughout the year include the Rex Riley Soup and Pie Dinner for college scholarships, Morenci Elementary School Book Fair, fifth grade camp, Morenci Little League and Morenci’s summer youth recreation program. The club donates dictionaries each year to third grade students, places American flags in participating residents’ lawns, supplies smoke detectors to residents through the local fire department, delivers Meals on Wheels lunches to senior citizens, and donates to Mott Children’s Hospital, Morenci Athletic Boosters, Morenci Food Bank and Morenci Garden Club.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the opportunities available to make a difference in the community is invited to attend a Kiwanis meeting. The Morenci Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the Eagles Lodge, 239 W. Main St., in downtown Morenci.