The food bank was suggested as a project for the Kinettes groups to take on this year, and the group will be out in force this Saturday, Feb. 25 in front of Sobeys in Liverpool from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Their goal is to collect 90 items for the food bank, $90 for the food bank and make 90 people aware of what the food bank does. To help spread awareness, they’ll be putting up posters, handing out pamphlets and making public service announcements all this week.
Recipts are available for donations of $10 or more.
The Kinsmen were created by Hal Rogers after the First World War. Rogers wanted the comradery and fellowship he had during his time in the military, and out of this idea came the Kinsmen. However fellowship wasn’t enough for Rogers, so he expanded it into service of the community as well. Kinsmen and Kinettes are the only all Canadian service club operating in the country on a national level.
The Kinette Club evolved out of Kinsmen, and started as a club for the wives of Kinsmen. That requirement was dropped later on, and now any woman 19 or older can join the club.
The Liverpool branch is small, with seven active members and two honourary members, but is very active in the community. They support curl for cancer, work at the Hospital Hustle, and donate to several local charities.
Nationally, the group supports fundraisers for multiple sclerosis and cystic fibroses.
For fundraising, they sell items out of the Regal catalogue, help out with Kinsmen TV bingo, sell tickets on various items and gift baskets and host barbecues.
Though it may seem like a lot, Pearl-Wentzell says it’s not about pressuring people to get involved in everything.
“One of the things we strive for is if you join us, you do what you can do. Everyone has commitment’s, and you may only be able to help out on certain projects, and that’s fine,” she says.
The group is always looking for new members. For more information, people can contact Pearl-Wentzell at 354-2229 or president Diane Godfrey at 354-2383.