FROM THE NEWS-HERALD: Rotary donations will help this winter

TAYLOR — Last week, the city’s Rotary Club completed its fifth year of helping purchase winter jackets for students in need.

This year, 600 jackets were distributed through the Taylor School District, Head Start and the Trillium Academy.

The funds for the Trillium Academy jackets were generated by the students at the schools, and for the second year in a row, jackets were provided to students in elementary schools, the Sixth-grade Academy and the middle and high schools.

In the past, jackets were only distributed to elementary schools. In the five years the program has been in place, the Rotary Club has distributed more than 1,900 winter jackets in the city.

The jackets were purchased through Operation Warm, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to distributing high quality coats to children in need. Since its inception in 1998, more than 1 million children have received the gift of warmth. More more information on the organization is available at www.operationwarm.org

Funds that made the program possible came from many groups.

They include the Rotary Foundation, which raised money at annual fundraising events, as well as from individual members of the Taylor Rotary.

Also helping were employees at Gardner Properties and Management Co., Wade Trim in Taylor, Wayne County Community College, Total Community Credit Union, Taylor Chrysler Jeep, Taylor Ford, Penguin Juice Co., Harvest Worship Center Church of God of Prophecy, PNC Bank and Fifth/Third Bank.

And for the first time, the Taylor Rotary Club hosted an Elvis night of entertainment in early November. More than 200 attended, helping raise additional funds for the program.

The Rotary Club also has helped other aspects of the community including the Fish and Loaves Community Pantry, the Taylor Reading Corps, Penrickton Center for Blind Children and the Taylor Conservatory.

Contact the Rotary Club on its Facebook page at Rotary Club of Taylor or at www.TaylorRotary.org.

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