Students Assist Local Kiwanis Clubs With Holiday Baskets

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Students from the Bellmore-Merrick recently volunteered to assist the Bellmore and Merrick Kiwanis Clubs with a holiday mission.

After a donation drive within the district, student volunteers gathered on Dec. 12 and 13 at the Brookside School to organize food to help the Bellmore Kiwanis Club create baskets for families in need.

“The families receive food and presents for the children,” explained Catrina Christensen, school counselor and coordinator of the Twilight Program at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program. “There were probably 2,000 to 3,000 items donated.”

The Kiwanis then donates leftover food to the district’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard.
“By performing these acts, students learn the importance of helping families in need, the importance of community and collaboration,” added Christensen.

Students then spent morning of Sunday, Dec. 16 with the Merrick Kiwanis, volunteering to assembly meal baskets and toy gifts.

“They made meals out of the food they organized,” explained Assistant Principal Katelyn Dunn. “Each family received three boxes of canned foods vegetables, proteins, soups, snacks, fruits, dessert and candy. They also received a bag of fresh potatoes, a turkey and toys.”

Anne Ruvolo, Key Club Advisor at Calhoun High School, who helped coordinate the toy drive in the elementary districts, and Kiwanis President, Dr. Ricard Seibert were also on hand. 

“Once everything was packed, Kiwanis volunteers delivered the items and gifts,” added Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mara Bollettieri. “This was a true community effort.”