On Saturday, December 17, members of the Westfield Optimist Club and Rotary Club again demonstrate their commitment to community service by providing a record number of holiday food baskets to 92 Westfield families and individuals in need.

For 21 years, this has been an annual community service project for the Optimist Club of Westfield and funding for this important program comes from the Optimist Club, the Rotary Club of Westfield, anonymous donors and individual Optimist and Rotarians who sponsor baskets.  Members of both organizations meet at 8:00am at Kings to collect the food boxes and then gather at a member’s home for a festive holiday breakfast before leaving to distribute the food boxes.

The generosity of both organizations to provide funding for this endeavor; the personal financial contributions from members and friends; the support from King's in assembling food boxes and poinsettias; the contribution of candy from Brummer’s Chocolates in Westfield and cookies from Delicious Orchards; the donations of children's books and gifts from many individuals; and the time and involvement of the 60 volunteers from both organizations speaks volumes about caring for the neediest among us.  Without these combined efforts, this annual project could not be so successful in assisting members of our community.