Rotary delivers Thanksgiving meals to families in need

Nov 28, 2012
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Megan Adams, Dan Leach and Shannon Leach help the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club fill Thanksgiving baskets with all the trimmings of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 18 at the QFC in Mukilteo.

South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club members gathered family, friends, Kamiak Leadership class students, and local area Cub Scout Pack 27 on Nov. 18 to help distribute 350 Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need.

Each basket contained the necessary ingredients to make a Thanksgiving meal to enjoy during the holiday, including a turkey, celery, onions, stuffing mix and bread rolls.

The project started 20 years ago with 50 baskets, and now has grown to 350. The Rotary Club pays for the baskets through donations from local businesses and club members.

The QFC in Mukilteo let the club purchase food for the baskets at cost. The store also let members use the back room and loading dock to assemble the baskets.

Families in the Mukilteo School District were selected to receive baskets. Club members and students from Kamiak High School’s Leadership and Spanish Classes called the families to make sure someone would be available to accept the donation.

The Rotarians, students and Cub Scouts then braved the cold and rain early Sunday morning to help organize and fill the bags with all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The volunteers began delivering the baskets around the community around 9 a.m. and the 350 baskets were delivered by 11 a.m.

Rotarian Rene’ Porubek chaired the project and was thrilled with the turnout.

“It was awesome to see so many people help out with such a worthy cause”, Porubek said.

She said that the partnership with QFC, Kamiak, Cub Scouts and other local businesses was important to the success of the project.

The Rotary Club is a service organization dedicated to providing service above self. It is made up of business executives and professionals in business and has 70 members.

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-Edited by Beacon staff

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