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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kiwanis Christmas Charity

Over 50 Birthday bags from Kiwanis Christmas Party
Kiwanis ended it's year with a Christmas party where the fun benefits local charity.   Admission to the party was a Birthday bag for the Hancock County Food Pantry.   Birthday bags are given out to clients of the Food Pantry who have a child under 12 in the month of their birthday.  Each bag contains a cake mix, icing, plates, napkins, candles and small gifts or party favors.  Kiwanis collect these all year long and are assisted by the Greenfield-Central Key Club that collect the bags.  

Scott Kleine reported that the Key Club had adopted to Christmas families and that the presents and gift cards had been delivered today.   It was also reported that Kiwanis members had contributed $470 to the Food Pantry to pay for meat for their Christmas baskets.

The highlight of the party was a white elephant auction that raised $1,1,40 for local charities.  Some of the best presents were a rubber chicken, a singing Christmas tree, and a red neck toilet plunger.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Soup Kitchen

Jill Ebbert, Executive Director of the Kennneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen told Kiwanis about the current activities at the Soup Kitchen.  Kenneth Butler was the Greenfield Fire Department Chief who along with his wife helped people who were in need all of their lives.   The Soup Kitchen was opened 7 years ago in October and named in his honor.   Since opening over 800 people have volunteered and over 230,000 meals have been served.   People who are hungry receive a meal of an entree, 2 sides, drink and dessert.  On Fridays a sack lunch is provided to help people over the weekend when the Kitchen is closed,  There is no cost for any meal. 

The Soup  Kitchen is a faith based organization supported by local citizens.  It receives no money from Federal or State government.  Park Chapel Christian Church pays for the sack lunches.  Jack Donuts, Ben's Pretzels, Bob Evans , Mozzi Pizza, Domino's, and Dave Caeletto provide frequent contributions.  The Soup Kitchen, is located at 202 East Main Street, and is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7p.m. with serving hours: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for dinner.

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Greenfield Kiwanians perform service projects to help people and organizations. We also perform service projects to raise funds to support Riley Children's Hospital and many local charities.