The Wilmington Central Rotary will be collecting food donations for Nourish NC and will be packing food at Nourish NC during December.
Miracles of Rotary
This year on December 18 we will be collecting for 3 charities:
Big Dreams, an organization that donates beds to children who don’t have them. We plan to purchase 100 air mattresses as they are easy to store and portable in case a child needs to move quickly. Additionally we will provide the children a set of twin sheets, a pillowcase, pillow and a heavy winter blanket.
Graclyn McCallum is a 3 year old diagnosed with leukemia. Graclyn is about to enter the last phase of intense chemotherapy which will go until the end of January. Her biggest challenge is muscle loss and she will be starting physical therapy after Thanksgiving. The Wilmington Central Rotary is planning to purchase an indoor gym, iPad and gas cards for travel to Chapel Hill.
Autism. The Wilmington Central Rotary plans to purchase items to help children with Autism. The Lifelong Interventions Program works on creating a therapeutic space that will foster meaningful, robust opportunities for naturalistic social learning, which is important for children with autism. The Wilmington Central Rotary will help purchase: tables, chairs, play mats, area rugs and room dividers, sensory and play equipment, exercise equipment iPads/tables, and protective cases.
On Tuesday November 10, 2020, Wilmington Central Rotary presented a Veterans Day Program where we honored veterans from all branches of service. Our special guest speaker was Commander Mike Fisher of the USS North Carolina Submarine. Each veteran in attendance will have a wreath purchased from Wreaths Across America in their honor to be placed at Wilmington National Cemetery.
October project: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
The Wilmington Central Rotary will collect and deliver over 100 filled bags of groceries and needed items to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.
September project: 12 little free libraries
The Wilmington Central Rotary is providing 12 little free libraries in our community. They are assembling the libraries and filling them with their initial supply of books.
August project: Blue bags for prostate cancer
150 bags will be delivered to NHRMC Cancer Center. Our goal was to donate 100 bags. Way to go Wilmington Central Rotary for going above and beyond.
July project: Purses for the homeless
The Wilmington Central Rotary has collected over 250 purses for the homeless, filled with toiletries, cosmetics and snacks for their recipients. They will be delivered to 12 local charities.
Wilmington Central Rotary donated over 1200 lbs of dog & cat food to the Sunburst Foundation, Adopt An Angel & the NH County Sheriffs Animal Control Unit. Thanks to everyone who made a donation to this project. Our pet contest winner went to Barney Broach with over 625 reaches on Facebook (Barney with his gift package).
On December 13th Rotarians and community leaders were locked up at Strickland’s on Oleander drive. The jailbirds had to raise money to get the keys to freedom. We raised enough money to give a 13 years old diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma a gaming laptop so she can play games with her family while she’s visiting her doctors out of town.
We gave a 4 year old with an Optic nerve glioma, which has caused him to be blind in one eye, a iPad computer.
We also were able to give a 2-year 3-month-old little boy, with a bilateral moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss, a personal FM system that will help give him more access to language in noisy environments.
We recently donated $24,600 to 15 local charities and organizations. Of this, $12,000 went toward the purchase of a 3 Stall Horse Trailer for the Wilmington Police Department. Club President Fred Kumpel presented the donations. Check out the pics and captions for more info on the various recipients and the ways they will put the money to use!