Knox Kiwanis Food Basket Promotion a Huge Success

Members of the Knox Student Council, National Honor Society and dedicated volunteers separate donated food into groups before assembling baskets

A big thank you goes out to many people from the Knox Kiwanis Club. President, Todd Wallsmith, was in Wednesday to thank Knox Community Schools, Knox High School teachers, Dean’s Food of Rochester, the Knox Center Township Fire Department Auxiliary, Community Services of Starke County, the SCILL Center, and members of the Kiwanis, among others.

All of those organizations mentioned helped make the annual Christmas Basket promotion a huge success. The members passed out 124 boxes of food and gifts to the less fortunate last Thursday.

30 boxes of goodies are left at Community Services, and Wallsmith said if a green card was left in your door you could pick it up at Community Services.

“If you were not home when we came by to deliver the baskets, we left a green note in your door,” said Wallsmith. “If you bring that green note to Community Services of Starke County building prior to Friday of this week, they will have your box there. We will hold that for you until Friday. After Friday, all of the extra food that is left over will be turned over to the Food Pantry.”

Todd thanked the high school students who helped with the packing and distribution of the gifts.

“I know that delivering the baskets for them was thanks enough because they got to see that they can have a positive impact in their community. They worked hard. There’s a lot of heavy lifting and there were a lot of nasty conditions. They were walking through four and six inches of snow, in some cases, to get baskets to houses. It really showed a level of maturity that the people in this community don’t normally associate with teenagers.”