The Rotary Club of Glendora continues to spearhead efforts to raise money and provide resources for people hardest hit by the pandemic. Another example is the recent Christmas relief project.
The club usually hosts an annual Christmas luncheon at the La Fetra Senior Center where it provides a delicious holiday meal and show for approximately 250 seniors. Because of the pandemic, the event had to be cancelled, so the club decided to use the money budgeted to provide food for low income seniors in our community. When the people from the Champion Foundation found out what the Rotary Club was doing, they generously added $5,000 to the project. Visiting Angels, a local home health care agency, chipped in by donating approximately 100 small Christmas trees.
Once the finances were in place, the project manager, Christine Smith, was tasked with making the arrangements to distribute the gifts. She reached out to Debbie Lopez of the La Fetra Center, Sabrina Montes from the YWCA, Areliy Lopez at Glendora Gardens, Glendora Police Chief Matt Egan, Joe Babinaeu from Meals on Wheels, and Maria Thompson at Charter Oaks School District.
At the same time, our satellite club, The Friends of Rotary, coordinated with Penny DeLeon at Glendora Unified School District. They’re providing one family in each of the Glendora USD campus’ with a $200 gift basket.
Because of everyone involved, The Rotary Club of Glendora was able to provide two hundred and twenty-five worthy recipients with gift cards to Stater Brothers that would enable them to put on their own socially distant, COVID-approved banquet, just in time for Christmas.
Dennis Franklin, the club’s President shared that “This is another great example of the citizens in the Glendora area coming together to help one another. I consider them all “Hometown Heroes”. He went on to say that he knows there are others in the community who have the desire to help others in this time of need and that the Rotary Club of Glendora is always looking for like-minded people to help us. If you are one of them, Dennis says “we encourage you to join our ongoing efforts. For more information or to donate you can visit our website
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Glendora Rotary Club
PO BOX 776
Glendora, CA 91740.