At the September 12 meeting, coat drive chairperson, Gloria Rogers and past president, Linda May, reviewed the schedule for collecting, organizing and distributing winter apparel for the Winter Warmth Day the club runs on behalf of Our Home. Members signed up to put out flyers and collection boxes. New or gently used winter gear will be accepted until October 23. Donations may include coats, hats, gloves, boots, and socks. Winter Warmth Day is Saturday, October 27 from 9—11 at 1107 N. Main St. in the Chief’s Plaza. Members also began preliminary preparations for the Reindog Pancake Breakfast and Parade, which will be Saturday, November 24.
Guest speaker, Homer Burnett, then gave a presentation about C.A.L.L. ministries. Burnett will assume the role of executive director when Rev. Tim Clutter steps down at the beginning of October. Burnett and his wife Carol founded Lots for Soldiers.
Looking for new opportunities to serve, the couple began volunteering at C.A.L.L. After resolving his doubts about heading so large an enterprise, Burnett applied for the executive director’s position to replace Clutter.
As part of his presentation, Burnett gave a brief history of C.A.L.L. Created in 1990, this government approved non profit ministry began in a church basement and moved twice before settling in the remaining Mersman building. It began as a food bank but has expanded its services. These now include the food bank, a clothing bank, C.A.L.L. Cafe every Tuesday at the fairgrounds, the backpack program, and the Work 4 program, a way for clients to earn appliances. For more information about C.A.L.L. or to make a tax deductible donation, contact them at 419 586-3574 or find them on Facebook.
The Kiwanis Club of Celina meets at noon on Wednesdays at CJ Highmarks. The club is currently accepting new members. To contact them, go to celinakiwanis.wix.com/kiwanis-club-celina or like them on Facebook.