SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A local non-profit organization is giving back this holiday season, with a bigger gift than years past.
The Kiwanis Club of Springfield partnered with the Salvation Army for their annual Thanksgiving Basket service project, and they’ve doubled their commitment, delivering fifty Thanksgiving Baskets with all the fixings for families in need throughout Springfield.
Lee Maynard, President of the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, told 22News, “We cannot count on the government to do everything for us; there have to be community organizations where volunteers living in the community say ‘this is a pretty good place to live and we need to give something back.'”
The baskets and all the fixings were contributed to from Top Truck Services Corp., Kiwanis members and their families & four local Key Club chapters including Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Central, and Chicopee Comprehensive. The Springfield Kiwanis Club donated the turkeys and pies. The lists of families to receive baskets were compiled with the help of the Salvation Army of Springfield, MA.
“Kiwanis helps connect people and businesses to help the community, but most importantly developing youth leaders to become more serviceable citizens,” said Le Maynard, President of the Springfield Kiwanis Club. “Springfield Kiwanis Board member and project chair, Katy Stark, has done a phenomenal job leading this effort two years in a row and we are especially thankful for her leadership,” said Maynard.