The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine and Shepherd's Staff packed 205 bags filled with extra special treats at Rotary's regular meeting on February 20. The "Back Pack Plus" food drive added additional items for children in Mitchell County that already receive food each week end. Large amounts of food were donated and equally distributed in bags and then delivered to the 6 public schools in Mitchell County. Rotary wanted all the children to know how special they are for Valentine's Day, but due to weather and no school, the bags went home a week later.This project was very successful due to Rotary's efforts from distributing posters to assembling the bags, businesses agreeing to be a drop-off point for donations, and the support of the Kiwanis club.
Pictured are Janie DeVos, Spruce Pine Rotary Club president, Martha Gordon, Shepherd's Staff executive director, Rev. Bill Sweetser, Rotarian and Shepherd Staff board President.