McPherson’s Noon Kiwanis Club, along with the McPherson Lions Club, filled 309 food baskets for needy families this holiday season on Dec. 18, as well as being able to take two pickup truck loads of food to the McPherson Food Bank.


McPherson’s Noon Kiwanis Club, along with the McPherson Lions Club, filled 309 food baskets for needy families this holiday season on Dec. 18, as well as being able to take two pickup truck loads of food to the McPherson Food Bank.
This is the 19th year the Kiwanis and Lions clubs have kept records on the donations, however the tradition may go back even further, according to Noon Kiwanis spokesman Bob Carson.
“Some say it goes back way farther than 1991,” Carson said.
The program is coordinated through the McPherson Senior Center, where staff make sure all the families are eligible, have Social Security numbers and that all state guidelines are met. The program begins its preparations close to Oct. 1.
Kiwanis also solicited the help of area businesses, which donated funds to purchase perishable items like milk, eggs and meat for the families. Carson said this year’s fundraising brought in $5,800.
Carson said nearly 100 people came out to volunteer, which included local scout troops and church organizations.
“We’d like to thank everyone who donated and helped,” Carson said.