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New Market Rotary delivers holiday meals

New Market Rotarians Skip Constable, left, and Jefferson Burgess "ham it up" at a recent Rotary Christmas ham collection. Courtesy Joanne Burns

New Market Rotarian Kevin Cannon, left, and Stonewall Jackson High School Interact student Kenneth Lee, help out with a recent Rotary ham collection for the holidays. Courtesy Joanne Burns

The New Market Rotary Club has announced that for Thanksgiving it purchased and distributed 75 turkeys and $2,150 in food vouchers to needy recipients at the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and for Christmas it has collected an additional $2,500 for Christmas hams.

At Thanksgiving, club members met at the Manor Memorial United Methodist Church with $2,500 in matching grant money they received from their Rotary District 7570 matching grant program to provide a Thanksgiving turkey dinner to thankful area residents.

Because the matching grant also included an additional $2,500 for Christmas hams at the food pantry, on Dec. 19 New Market Rotarians also were able to provide needy and grateful recipients with 100 hams purchased at Sav-A-Lot in Mount Jackson.

Another $1,200 in food vouchers for Sav-A-Lot and the New Market Grocery, both owned by Mark Linski, were distributed to recipients who wait in line to receive food each week for their home pantry. Many people in the community are struggling financially and some are out of work, disabled, have lost their homes or are living in their vehicles (if they have a vehicle). The food pantry is there each month to help local individuals and families cope with the stressful economy and job market.

The Rotary District Matching Grant program is a district-wide competitive funding opportunity for Rotary clubs from Winchester to Greenville, Tenn. Out of 80 Rotary clubs in Rotary District 7570, approximately 30 clubs were approved to receive matching monies provided by individual Rotary clubs. The New Market Rotary Club's commitment of "Service Above Self" provides "hands-on" help to make life better for families who may not have financial resources to celebrate these two traditional and very important holidays.


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