Kiwanis holiday efforts just beginning

Each year for some families the holidays are not a time of celebration but rather one of need and hunger.
That’s where Mustang Kiwanis members step in.
Kiwanis maintains a year-round food pantry, as well as collection boxes at Mustang Senior Center and other locations. This year, the organization fed 115 families turkey dinners with all of the trimmings, but that need will increase as Dec. 25 looms on the horizon.
“Usually we have five or 10 more families for Christmas than Thanksgiving,” said Glen Muse.
Any kind of non-perishable food items are needed for baskets that will include a Christmas ham, Muse said. City officials have helped to spread the word about those in need, and seniors frequenting Mustang Senior Center have been a “great help,” Muse said.
“We really appreciate their efforts,” he said.
While components for holiday meals are needed, any kind of non-perishable food item is welcomed. From canned fruits and vegetables to boxed dinners, mixes, pasta and juice and other drinks, the pantry’s need is constant, Muse said. In addition to holiday meals, Kiwanis volunteers feed about 50 families each month, among them seniors and families with small children, he said.
Kiwanis food bank is open every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. It is located at the back of the old police department building, at 470 E. state Highway 152, across from Mustang Fire Department.
For more information or to make a cash donation, contact Muse at 376-2695.

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