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Home  |  News  |  Killian Community Club & Richland County Sheriff’s Department Partner to Bring Holiday Cheer to Seniors

Killian Community Club & Richland County Sheriff’s Department Partner to Bring Holiday Cheer to Seniors
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - The Killian Community Club, in partnership with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, teamed up Saturday, December 17th, with the mission to bring holiday cheer to the senior citizens who need it most.

Killian Community Club members, Deputy Chris Potter, Corporal Kevin Beck, and Sergeant Norman Jenkins* and Elaine Keller of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Public Information; and Gregory Gable, a Sheriff’s Department youth volunteer and Muller Road Middle School student gathered at 104 Joe Apree Circle to assemble and deliver 113 Christmas food packages throughout Richland County. (*Sergeant Jenkins is also a member of the Killian Community Club.)

The recipients are very appreciative and some shed tears of joy when the Christmas food packages are delivered. Most of the recipients have health and transportation issues. Even with issues, they smile broadly and offer hugs of thanks for the delivery teams.

This annual event is made possible through funds raised via monthly member dues and an annual fundraiser. The Christmas food packages consisted of a large frozen turkey and a tote bag of food for all the fixin’s (boxed stuffing mix, gravy mix, rice, beans, various canned vegetables, and a fresh fruit medley).

Seniors who receive a food packages are chosen by referrals made by Killian Community Club members networking in the community and through Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Precious Elderly) program (for more information about how to join Project HOPE please go to www.rcsd.net ).

Sheriff Leon Lott states the partnerships the Department has with our communities are what make Richland County such a great place to live – the men and women of the Killian Community are an excellent example of what it means to get involved in your community, to help others in need and to making our communities safer.

Killian Community Club has an Entertainment Committee that coordinates purchasing and pick up of the food items. The frozen turkeys are purchased from Caughman’s Meats and the remaining food items are purchased from Thomas & Howard Company, all at discounted prices.

The Killian Community Club organizes this annual event to ensure our precious elderly know how valuable they are to the community. Members state that the seniors are special to them and they look forward to both preparing the holiday food gift packages and seeing the smiling faces as they deliver them.

The Killian Community Club was established in 1995. It was formed as a non-profit organization to provide support for the senior citizens of the Blythewood community and the surrounding Columbia area. The club provides:

§ an annual Senior Citizen Breakfast, free of charge, for needy senior citizens wishing to attend;

§ Christmas food baskets to seniors in need of help each Christmas;

§ various services, such as lawn maintenance, to local seniors unable to perform these tasks; and

§ check-ins for local seniors to ensure they are safe or need any type of help.

The Killian Community Club currently has 25 members and meets the third Saturday every month.

If you are interested in joining the Killian Community Club, know a senior in need, or would like to support the club, contact Tim Cannon, President at (803) 447-4647. Membership is by application and committee review, which includes interviewing applicants. President Tim Cannon said there is one main membership requirement, “You must love senior citizens. That’s what we’re all about.”

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