Originally Published: December 11, 2017 5:55 a.m.
During this holiday season, it seems that most of us feel a greater sense of generosity. According to one source, almost one-third of all donations throughout the year are given in December and over 10 percent of all donations are given in the last three days of the year.
Whether this is due to the spirit of the season or to make those tax deductible donations before the end of the tax year or a combination of the two it doesn’t matter.
As the leader of an organization that works with families and children, it quite evident to me that there is a substantial need in our communities and all donations are appreciated, no matter when and why.
Throughout the Quad Cities area there are community organizations that have stepped up to feed needy students over the weekend when they don’t have free or reduced school lunches available to them.
The Hungry Kids Project operates in all four school districts in the Quad Cities area and in Chino Valley is administered by the Chino Valley Family Church. Every Thursday volunteers pack meals for 238 students.
The meals are meant to be enough for the student to get through the weekend. To support the Chino Valley Hungry Kids Project you can contact Olive Anderson with the Chino Valley Family Church at 928-899-2023.
Over breaks, the Hungry Kids Project is on hiatus since they don’t have access to the students. A group of school volunteers has collected food and prepared food bags for 58 high school students to get them through winter break.
These food bags will be distributed the last day of school to those needy high school students. With both the Hungry Kids Project and the winter break meals for high school students, no school funds were used buy any of the food distributed.
Both projects relied on the generosity of community members to fund them.
In the spirit of the season, Chino Valley Schools staff has partnered with the Rotary Club of Chino Valley and local businesses to provide holiday meals to needy families for Thanksgiving and Christmas that may not otherwise be able to afford a holiday meal.
Thanks to a generous donation from Bowen Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Rotarians and school staff were able to deliver nine complete turkey dinners throughout Chino Valley and Paulden. We will be delivering complete Christmas dinners to families on December 24th.
Thanks to generous donations from Jeff Champ Farmers Insurance and Penny Hubble State Farm Insurance along with individual donations from Rotarians and CVUSD school staff, we are close to raising the funds to achieve our goal to purchase twenty meals. If you would like to help Chino Valley Schools provide Christmas meals you can contact Karen Hixon at 928-636-2458.
Thank you to all those that help support Chino Valley Schools throughout the year to accomplish its mission of educating the students of Chino Valley and Paulden.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!