Centennial service club helps Aurora families

Food drive helps feed 225 families in need, Rotary Club says

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The Rotary Club of Centennial held a food drive to help families of students at an elementary school in north Aurora, a service act done “in the spirit of the season of giving,” the club said in a news release.

Families of the students at Crawford Elementary School speak 18 different languages and have numerous dietary needs, according to the release. The school sits near Colfax Avenue and Havana Street.

The Rotary Club of Centennial is a community service organization. Rotary clubs focus on community service abroad and in local areas.  

Members of the club dropped off paper bags at the homes of Centennial residents with an attached list of foods needed by Crawford families, and, several days later, members picked up the bags filled with food, according to the news release.

With help from teenage volunteers, Rotary Club members sorted and bagged the donated food for specific families before delivering them to Crawford Elementary, the release said.

Club members were able to fill and distribute the bags of food to 225 families, with the remaining 10 bags supplying the Crawford food pantry, according to the release.

“The success of our food drive is really due to the generosity of Centennial families, who came through as they always do. We are constantly amazed at how much food they donate," Matt McLaurin, a Centennial Rotary Club member who chaired the food drive, said in the release.

The Centennial Rotary Club welcomes the public to attend one of the club's breakfast meetings held from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Embassy Suites hotel in Centennial. That's located at 10250 E. Costilla Ave., a short drive away from Arapahoe Road and Interstate 25.

People don't need to be personally invited or nominated to become a club member, according to the release.

“We think you will find Rotary membership will enrich your life as it has ours,” the club said in the release.

The club, which tends to consist of older members, also has run a “satellite club” of younger local residents, which has included members in their 20s or 30s, according to the club.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Centennial, the public can see the club's website here

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