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Spirit of Christmas takes over Kiwanians

Kiwanis Club, along with Super 1 Foods and Sam Houston Elementary, were able to deliver boxes of food Thursday to senior citizens and needy families in the community.
The Ennis Kiwanis Club has conducted the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive for about 30 years, said the club’s president, Tommy Copeland. The club collected food to make a total of 105 boxes.
Residents at the Senior Citizens Apartments, located at 501 W. Lampasas St., received 73 of the boxes. Most of the residents that received boxes are widows.
Kiwanis Club received names of 30 families in need from the Texas Workforce Commission, who also were given a box of food, Copeland said.
The boxes contained canned foods collected from donations at Super 1 Foods and Sam Houston Elementary School. Each box also had a frozen chicken donated by Super 1 Foods. The Kiwanis Club collected a total of 900 canned goods, which is the same amount collected last year. However, last year there was only a need for 85 boxes. There were leftover canned goods that Kiwanis Club donated to the Food Bank, said Kiwanis Club member Ellen Miller.
This year after the food was put into boxes, Kiwanis Club members had to make a last-minute trip to the store to buy more food so the boxes would be full. Miller said she thinks the economy has definitely had an effect on both the amount of donations and the need of families.
“It’s a different world this year,” Miller said. “It’ll be alright. It won’t be what it once was, but nothing really is anymore.”
Kiwanis Club member Martha Newsom said the Kiwanis Club would do whatever it takes to deliver full boxes.
“People are hurting; it’s sad,” Newsom said “I’m in favor of filling these boxes up. We can buy more food.”
Club member Angie Garcia said people have been more generous in years past.
“I’ve been doing this for five or six years,” Garcia said. “This is the first year it hasn’t been very plentiful. Usually people are always so generous, but it’s understandable with the way things are right now.”
The Kiwanis Club also has adopted two families it will help out during the Christmas season, Copeland said.
The first family has a father who is on dialysis and is not able to work. He takes care of his two daughters and his nephew who was displaced from Galveston by Hurricane Ike, Copeland said.
“The nephew’s dad isn’t working either,” Copeland said. “He lost his job when Hurricane Ike hit, and he hasn’t found a new job yet.”
The next family consists of a young couple that has two sons. One boy is in kindergarten and one is in third grade. Currently, the father is going to trade school to become a welder. He doesn’t have a job now, but will have one when he finishes school in February. The family is living of food stamps until then, Copeland said.
These two families will each receive clothes and toys in addition to the box of food. The families were identified through the school counselor and teachers at Bowie Elementary.
Copeland said he is glad that Kiwanis Club is able to host the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive every year. He said he is grateful for the support of the community and Super 1 Foods, especially the store manager Don Howard.
“We appreciate the support from the community and thank them for their generous donations,” Copeland said.

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