Community service will take center stage the week of Sept. 11-17 as local area Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist and Rotary clubs address hunger and other community needs during the service organizations’ second annual “Celebrate Community” initiative.
The Brookings clubs invite the public to participate in the weeklong event Sunday through Sept. 17. A truck donated by Century 21 Krogman & Co. will be parked in the 22nd Avenue lot of the Brookings radio stations, where community donors may drop off nonperishable food items, baby care supplies including diapers and wipes, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. The truck will be available for donations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
The donations will be sorted by members of the service clubs and delivered to the Brookings County Food Pantry, Harvest Table and Salvation Army for distribution to those in need on Sept. 19.
Donations especially needed include: diapers of all sizes and baby wipes; baby food and formula; grooming supplies (shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant); women’s hygiene products (pads, tampons); household cleaning supplies and paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper. The “Top 10” items requested by the Brookings Food Pantry include: canned fruit, cereal, chili, cream of chicken soup, chicken helper, hamburger helper, chunky soup, grape jelly, peanut butter, pancake mix and syrup. Pop-top cans are appreciated when possible. Low-sugar and gluten-free items are welcomed.
Leadership from the service organizations Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International and Rotary International have encouraged their clubs and youth programs around the world to work together on projects during one week as part of a joint initiative dubbed “Celebrate Community.” Issues related to health and wellness, food insecurity and hunger, education and literacy, and the environment will be addressed through community cleanups, food donations and distributions, walks or runs to raise money for specific causes and book collections for children.