Placerville Kiwanis Brings Much Holiday Cheer to Families in Need

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 17, 2017 / comments

[Dina Gentry. Image: Kiwanis members fill individual boxes with frozen chickens, canned vegetables, eggs, milk, and other items that will help families through December]

This month, Placerville Kiwanis Club members delivered some holiday cheer to more than 50 families in need throughout the community.   Working with donations from Placer Food Bank and Boa Vista Orchards, Kiwanians gathered food and supplies at Green Valley Community Church (GVCC).  Together, they assembled and sorted hundreds of items and organized boxes into trucks for deliveries.   

This holiday tradition dates back to 1995, and benefits families on the Western Slope of El Dorado County. Committee Chairs Jean Meyer and Carl Hagen coordinate this massive effort and work with GVCC’s Facilities Director, Rick Van Scoy, to manage the storage and distribution. “We want to give a special thank you to The Placer Food Bank who delivered food to the church and our partners at GVCC,” Carl and Jean expressed. “This would not have been possible without their generous support.”

David Ashby, Executive Director of New Morning Youth & Family Services and Kiwanis Club member, worked with other community agencies to identify families that could use some extra help during the holiday season.

At one of the low-income housing units in Placerville, a young mother with a 4-year-old son answered the door with smiles and great appreciation for their box. “This means so much to us and will allow us to enjoy the holidays even though times are a little tough for us right now,” she expressed. “Please let everyone know how thankful we are!”

The Placerville Kiwanis Club was chartered in 1956 and has grown to include many unique individuals, business owners, local agencies, and elected officials. Members collectively volunteer more than 3,000 hours every year in a variety of school and community causes, including the Academic Decathlon, the Easter Egg Hunt, the City of Placerville Fishing Derby, and much more. Money raised through their annual Pasta Feed and Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races helps to support six high school scholarships and the Central Sierra Regional Occupation Program for Culinary Arts.

Throughout the year, Placerville Kiwanis facilitates three high school Key Clubs (Ponderosa, Union Mine, and El Dorado High Schools), the Markham Middle School Builders Club, and the AKTION Club of El Dorado County. Key Clubs’ student members volunteer for many community activities, including maintenance of the Kiwanis Family House, which provides lodging for family members while loved ones are being treated at Shriners Hospital for Children or U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. 

Placerville Kiwanis weekly meetings are educational, fun, and provide amazing networking opportunities.  The Placerville Kiwanis Club meets the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays at noon and the 4th Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville.  Guests are always welcome. If you would like to contact the club or arrange to visit a meeting, please email or call Peter Wolfe at (530) 306-1205.