Posted by Jim Woolen on Nov 30, 2021
In 2021, the Rotary Club of Big Rapids provided complete Thanksgiving meals to 126 families in need.

Every year, the Big Rapids Rotary works with local schools to get the names of families who might need a Thanksgiving dinner.  Then, a couple days before Thanksgiving, with the help of fraternities and sororities from Ferris State University, the Rotarians hand out boxes of food to the families.  This year the Rotary received 1,953 items donated across 13 classes from Crossroads Charter Academy (CCA) participating in the donation drive.  This represents almost a ton of food!

In January 2022, CCA will host Rotary's luncheon meeting at the high school.  Two students from each class will present what they worked on during the canned food drive.  Projects focused on things varying from life skills, science and geography-related topics to Michigan facts and history, and social-emotional topics.  Students could also do their projects on topics in nutrition, social studies, the arts, math, or English language arts.

The Rotary Club of Big Rapids gave away food for a traditional Thanksgiving feast to 126 families having particularly difficult times.  Many people in our community came together to make this event a great success.  Everyone involved put their giving spirits into action, and the Rotary Club of Big Rapids is extremely thankful for such kind generosity.

This project is truly an example of the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."