Holiday Service Across Division 7
By: Lt. Governor Jacob Friedman
On Saturday, December 17th, Key Clubbers across Division 7 were in the holiday spirit of giving back to their community, through service. Each of these service projects have been annual, holiday traditions in the clubs spotlighted below; these Key Clubs have left a lasting impact on our Volusia/Flagler Community.
The Key Club at T. Dewitt Taylor High School annually partners with the Rotary Club of Flagler Beach to deliver gifts to those in need. The initiative is called Project Share and this is its 24th year of operation. Toys, bicycles, and clothes were distributed to approximately 900 children, with the monetary value totaling approximately $50,000. While Project Share is mainly spearheaded by Roseanne Stocker at the Rotary Club of Flagler Beach, Taylor Key Club plays a vital role in donation, distribution, and organization. Many supermarkets, stores, medical offices, and businesses in Flagler County host “giving trees,” and encourage their customers, staff, and patients to donate.
A project of this magnitude is only possible thanks to the generous donations and those who assisted with distribution.While the Holiday Toy Distribution was being held, officers at Matanzas High School Key Club led their annual Breakfast with Santa event. Matanzas had over 73 people in attendance and made almost $500. President Austin Weeks said, “We made, I believe, double what we did last year and it was a great success.”
They had the school jazz band play in the background and there were many winter-themed activities for the kids! Also, because of the chilly weather, Winn-Dixie donated $50 for officers to purchase hot chocolate.