GLADWIN – On Tuesday, October 27, the Gladwin Rotary Club enjoyed a presentation from Dave and Beulah Mead from Christmas Kindness. Amazingly, this is their 10th anniversary running this very worthwhile, all volunteer program. Their focus is on warmth and joy, providing around 1,000 local children with jackets, scarves, gloves, blankets, and, of course, toys. Look for the red donation cans around the community; there will be 30, so you should see one.
Another goal of Christmas Kindness is to get kids off the floor by providing beds for those in need. While Christmas Kindness does not distribute food, they have become a resource, year-round, by connecting those with needs to the community resources available.
COVID-19 restrictions have caused a concern for Christmas Kindness, the concern being that not all children in need will be adopted. Christmas Kindness has enough to supply every child with a coat and gloves (warmth), but they are asking the community to supply the toys (joy). The commitment is not much; they suggest a “large” gift of around $25, a “medium” of $10-$15 and a couple “small” gifts of five dollars. This would make for a total of $50, but a budget shopper could get these with $25-$30!
Rotary has a long commitment of supporting this worthwhile, community program. If you’re able, please consider joining us in support. Distribution Day will be on December 19 this year. For more information or to add your support, please contact Beulah at 989-426-9349 or visit them on Facebook.
Wish you were at this meeting to hear more about this incredible program from the Meads? Join the Gladwin Rotary Club at a meeting to see if Rotary is for you! The group meets Tuesdays at noon at Riverwalk Grill in Gladwin. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” so if that’s you, and if you are interested in learning more about Gladwin Rotary, please contact Karen Moore, President at RotaryMoore@gmail.com or Joyce Swartzmiller, Membership Chairperson, at 989-435-7122.