Potsdam elementary students, Kiwanis collect for food baskets
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 9:20 am

In back, from left, Emma LoMastro (Potsdam Key Club), Tom Chappell (Kiwanis), and Paige McCabe (Key Club); in front, Hayden Spoor (Lawrence Avenue K-Kids), Keira Moore (LA K-Kids) and Madison Spoor (LAE K-Kids) all worked on the campaign.

POTSDAM -- The Lawrence Avenue K-Kids, Potsdam Key Club, and Potsdam Kiwanis have shared the duty of collecting food for the St. Mary's Thanksgiving baskets this year.

For the past few years, all three groups have come together to collect food for the Thanksgiving baskets. They contact local food stores to set up times and dates to collect foods that could be used for a Thanksgiving dinner and some extras that can take them through the holidays with the children at home.

The clubs expressed gratitude to the managers and employees at the Potsdam IGA and Save A Lot for allowing them to be there and collect the food.

“The kids pass out fliers that have a suggested list of items that could be used by a family,” said K-Kids advisor Carla Ingram, “With the schools out for the holiday, the need for more food at home, is at a great need. The children are fed breakfast and lunch in school, so when they are out on holiday, more food is needed at home. Our K-Family group asks for the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner, but also asks for some of the staples families need, such a sugar, flour, peanut butter, tuna fish and the likes. The members of both stores have been more than willing to have the kids collect food no matter the time or day.”

The groups were also thankful the community for their support. This year was a very plentiful year for community support, the clubs report.