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RHS Key Club working to ease the holiday burden for families in need

Nov 16, 2012 - From staff reports

Students with the Riverton High School Key Club will participate in an overnight service marathon this month that will end Thanksgiving Day when they host their annual community dinner at the RHS Career Center.

The service marathon will begin Wednesday, Nov. 21. Students already are planning to make bags for people undergoing chemotherapy, backpacks for clients at Child Development Services, and care packages for local homeless shelters.

Thanksgiving meal

Students will stay at the career center overnight and through Thanksgiving morning, when they will serve and deliver meals to members of the community. Anyone who needs a meal should call the Riverton Senior Center at 856-6332.

Local volunteers are welcome to help with the community meal between 9 a.m. and noon Thanksgiving Day. Frozen, uncooked turkeys should be taken to the career center kitchen by Friday, Nov. 16, so they can be thawed and cooked. Cash donations before the event will be used to buy needed items, and Key Club adviser Claire Peart requested a call from anyone planning to donate items like stuffing, potatoes or sugar-free food.

Toy store

The Key Club will prepare for its toy store event during the service drive, so organizers are asking for donations of new and gently used toys, holiday stockings and other gifts for needy children by Nov. 21.

"We are going to stuff stockings for kids this year so when families come shop for gifts they can also take a stocking home for Santa to leave on Christmas morning," Peart said.

Cash donations will be accepted as well. Peart said staff will use the money to purchase new gifts locally to supplement donated items.

The toy store will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at the RHS Career Center, where families are invited to shop for Christmas gifts for their kids.

"We want all children to have a nice Christmas and help ease some of the financial burden that comes with the holidays," Peart said. "This is our busiest time of the year with projects as the holidays can be the most difficult for those in need. We appreciate your continued generosity."

For more information or to offer donations or project ideas or to sign up to volunteer Thanksgiving Day, call Peart or Gay Hughes at 851-4782.

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