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The Imperial Beach Kiwanis make Holidays Special by Helping out 5 needy Imperial Beach Families with Christmas/Holiday Gift Baskets!

Dec 23, 2014 02:35PM ● By Paul Spear

Last week on Wednesday, 12/ 17, Melanie Ellsworth, Gary Brown, and Ruth Clingan went grocery shopping and loaded their carts with hams, potatoes, stuffing, apples, oranges, vegetables, spaghetti and sauce, beans, cookies and other goodies that became holiday meals for five families.

 They packaged the food with other gifts for parents and children that were donated by other Kiwanians such as blankets from Gary Trieschman, toys from Donn Hall, shower gels and lotions for the teenagers, and parents, coloring books for the little ones, donated by Ruth Clingan, and books for all of the children, young and older, donated by Dana Tomlinson. Ms. Ellsworth gave a heap of toys. Dana Tomlinson collected and labeled 3 to 5 books for each of the 15 children in the families that received the Christmas Baskets.

That afternoon and evening Gary Brown, Ms. Clingan and Ms. Ellsworth delivered the food and gifts to five grateful families who had been chosen by the Imperial Beach/South Bay Boys and Girls Club as part of its efforts to help families during the holiday season.

 The Kiwanians also received a gift, the joy of helping others.

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