Local Rotary Club sponsors food drive and Red Cross blood drive

The DeForest Area Rotary Club is sponsoring a food drive to help the DeForest Area Food Pantry.  According to the Food Pantry coordinator Keith Manke, the food pantry sees increased needs in the fall, especially as children go back to school.  Therefore, the Rotary Club is sponsoring a food drive during school registration sessions, and is encouraging residents to continue giving through September.  What’s needed? Toiletries (laundry detergent, toilet paper, size 3 and larger disposable diapers, etc.) and non-perishable food (Hamburger/Tuna Helper, canned meals such as SpaghettiO’s, Raviolio’s, baked beans, instant mashed potatoes , instant white/brown rice, peanut butter, jelly).

Families with school-age children can bring donations to the schools during their scheduled registration.  Also look for DeForest Area Rotary Club Food Pantry bins at the following locations:  DeForest Area Public Library (203 Library Street), DeForest Area Community/Senior Center (505 N. Main Street), DMB Community Bank locations (321 N. Main Street, DeForest;815 S. Main Street, DeForest;6562 Lake Road,Windsor), Grobe & Associates (819 S. Main Street, DeForest), Tesar Law Office (200 S. Main Street, DeForest), DeForest Police Department (305 E. Holum Street, DeForest), and Edward Jones (132 W. Holum Street).

On Thursday,August 18 the Rotary Club is also sponsoring a community blood drive at the Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.  All community members are encouraged to donate.  For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIF(E) or visit www.givebloodgivelife.org.

For more information about these two events or about the DeForest Area Rotary Club, visit www.deforestrotary.org or contact Vickie Adkins at 842-6521.

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