'Tis the season to give back - and that is exactly what the Southwest Community Club did this week.
Club members gathered on Monday at the Market Street Community Center in Lebanon to assemble fifteen Thanksgiving baskets for their annual outreach. Southwest Community Club President of 3 years Glenda Seay explained the "baskets" were actually large boxes filled to the brim with food items to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
Each box contained a turkey, side items such as sweet potato, green beans, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, corn - and even cake mix and icing to finish the meal with a sweet treat. "You name it - we have it all," Seay said.
Club members submitted the names of families and individuals who needed a little extra help this Thanksgiving into the random drawing. "We bring in the names and then when have a young girl who is an honorary member come in and draw the 15 names," Seay said. "Everybody puts a name in. They know the needs of others in the community."
The boxes are paid for thru donations by Southwest Community Club members, as well as some funds pulled from the club treasury. "It is our way of giving back," Seay said.
Member Annette Neal, who chaired the Thanksgiving basket event, said as Christians, "Giving back is what we are called to do."
"We are spiritually driving to give back. It comes naturally," she said, noting that the baskets not only provide nourishment for the body - they give recipient families hope.
The Southwest Community Club, which currently has 30 members, gives back at other times throughout the year. Seay said they help out when a neighbor has cancer, or when a friend's home burns down and they need items, as well as larger charities for veterans, the Wilson County Black History commission for Roy Bailey AA restoration and Quality Care Nursing Home.
"We want the public to know who we are and what we do," Seay said.
The club is preparing to give back once more in December when they will take two senior citizens and a single mother on a Wal-mart shopping spree.
Several fundraisers are held throughout the year to raise money for their missions. They will host a Christmas Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 5th.
For information on Banquet tickets or to become a club member, contact Glenda Seay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southwest Community Club meets the third Monday of each Month at the UT/TSU Extension Service at 5 p.m. The mission of the club is to support and engage in projects and activities which will foster community improvement and community pride to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Wilson County.
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