Kiwanis Among Communities' Christmas Angels

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Last week, I mentioned that I would report on some of the generosity shown by our communities during the holidays.

A few items are missing, but I wanted to share what I have.

Rim Country Kiwanis Christmas Toy Program provided surprises and food for 20 families; and 39 children were given toys, games, dolls, quilts and miscellaneous items. Many came forward to help with this project, making it a huge success.

Kiwanis remembered six seniors. They received many gifts plus their Angel Tree request. This busy group also provided the makings for 40 Christmas breakfasts including sausage, eggs, biscuits, margarine and jelly. Rim Country Kiwanis thanks everyone who contributed to this project with cash, gifts or time.

The Strawberry Market had its Angel Tree again this year, with 15 names on the tree. That number has grown from just a few on the first tree four years ago. Actually, there were more people looking for angels than were available.

The people of Strawberry and Pine were most generous in providing a Christmas for these children. Many volunteered to help wrap all the gifts. Santa himself gave the gifts to the children.

Strawberry Market again this year also had photos with Santa and many children came to sit on the lap of this jolly old man. The children loved it and each of them received a special gift.

If your group or organization did something special over the holidays, please let me know.

We are so fortunate to have an abundance of caring and generous people in our communities. Thank you to all who helped in any way. Strawberry and Pine are certainly wonderful communities in which to live. But then, we knew that already.

Things to do

Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. Start the New Year off with some great fun. Come join the musicians or just sit and do some hand clapping and toe tapping. There is no charge.

Looking Glass Books is planning a monthly reading group. Anyone interested is asked to stop by the store to give input into day and time.

Poets and poetry lovers are invited to join the Pine Poet's society monthly poetry readings, which are the third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. at the store at the north end of Pine -- 4140 North Highway 87. This month's gathering is Friday, Jan. 16.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library has a weekly children's story hour, Wednesday at 10 a.m. Call the library at (928) 476-3678, for information.

Please provide information regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest to residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@ earthlink.net.

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