Kiwanis, Church Students and Athletes team up on hunger

Members of the Kiwanis Club were on hand for the Food Give A Way at Spring City United Methodist Church recently as 168 boxes of food were distributed to the community of Spring City.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Several different organizations and teams work to bring food for the holidays

December 2017

Spring City, TN —  The Spring City Kiwanis Club, the Spring City United Methodist Church, Rhea County baseball players, Rhea County basketball players, Rhea County High School Student Council, Key Club and girl scouts and other volunteers came together to make the annual food distribution program a success in Spring City.  168 boxes of food, weighing 75 lbs each, bought, collected, packed and distributed, thanks to the organizations listed above.  This program has been running for over 45 years.

The Kiwanis Club does fundraising throughout the year to make this event possible.  Several large contributors as well as businesses contribute to the cause.  Another significant contribution comes from the community of Spring City as neighbors look to help out neighbors.  Sunday School Classes at United Methodist Church make this a project around Christmas time to give money for the cause.

The acquisition process of the the food begins in November and the logistics are put in place to bring the food and community together.   Potential families are made aware of the coming distribution and fill out paperwork that is brought with the families to the pickup. The contents of the boxes contain a lot of fresh food and fruits as well as milk.  After the food is purchase, the boxes are bought, and the packing begins.  The Rhea County Baseball team, Rhea County Student Council as well as Kiwanis club work on the night before distribution to pack the boxes.

The Rhea County basketball team comes in on distribution day and with help of the Kiwanis and other volunteers does the distribution.  A hot breakfast of available for those coming in for the distribution.  There is also a stuffed animal available for the children.  It was a great day for the community of Spring City.

Kiwanis member Bob Smith said, “Donations come in all year round.  Any money not used this year will be used for next years event.”

Bob, a retired police officer and his wife Anna were looking for an organization that helped children in the community and that is why he joined the Kiwanis.

Anna, who was a member of the “Keyettes” as a young woman enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of Kiwanis.”

The Spring City Kiwanis Club has been in existence continually since 1935.

Anna said, “We are always looking for new members to help with the different projects that we do every year.”

A few of the programs the Kiwanis Club is associated with include:

Bring Up Grades Honor Roll – our B.U.G honor roll program encourages and rewards 1st-5th grade students at Spring City Elementary with a certificate and goody bag if they improve at least one grade, while maintaining the rest, from one grading period to another.

YUM Club – a program for Pre-K students at SCES to teach them about fruits and vegetables

Providing Scholarships – Kiwanis Club provides 2- $500.00 scholarships each year to deserving RCHS seniors. One for a Key Club member, and one for a student in the Career Technical Education program.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis and its youth-oriented Service Leadership Programs serve communities in more than 80 countries and geographic areas.

Interested in joining the Kiwanis:

The Kiwanis service projects are limited only by your desire, and funding to accomplish them.   The monthly meeting will be on the First Tuesday of every month at 7:00 in the fellowship hall of New Beginning Church at 141 Clinton Ave. Suite 2, next door to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store.  Dues are only $10.00 per month. There is a new-member fee of $75.00 that can be paid in installments if necessary.

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