Families put their hearts together for those in need

More than seven dozen people gathered at the Anoka/Washington County Head Start Center in Coon Rapids Dec. 12, eager to put their heads, hearts and hands together to make the season bright for local families.

Elena Vargas-Barjas and her parents put together a tie blanket. Photo submitted
Elena Vargas-Barjas and her parents put together a tie blanket. Photo submitted

The annual Families Doing Good Together event again had the Anoka Kiwanis Club partnering with Head Start to provide Head Start families an evening working together on hands-on service projects.

Families decorated dozens of cards for children who are ill, made 200 sandwiches to donate to HOPE 4 Youth drop-in center for homeless youth and to residents of Bridge Square senior apartments, tied 20 blankets to be given to families at the Christmas project at the Anoka Armory and decorated dozens of placemats to be used by Meals on Wheels.

As thanks for their hard work, Anoka Kiwanians presented every child with a book to take home at the end of the evening.

“The goal of the evening is for families to have a way to educate their children in the value of serving others,” said Marlene Colvin, chairperson of the Anoka Kiwanis committee, Priority One, which supports the Families Doing Good Together project.

“The Anoka Kiwanis Club supports this event because our goals are to provide community service and to ‘change the world one community and one child at a time.’ This event is a great opportunity to help children learn the value of integrating service into daily life at an early age.”

Kiwanians also provide children’s books, fleece for blankets, sandwich fixings and cards and envelopes for the project.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]