Key Club Shows That “Marian Cares”

Barbara Yerkes, Crown Staff

Marian Central Key Club has demonstrated selfless service in their work, and with their biggest project of the year, Marian Cares.This service project involves organizing a food truck where students hand out food and other amenities around the community. “Seeing how our efforts to help the community can impact people has changed my life. I’m so blessed to be apart of a program that focuses on helping people”, says Key Club President Allison Dobbins (12).     The planning stages began in the summer. Various donors helped funding, and a portion of the money was taken out of the club’s budget to cover the cost of ordering the truck. Next, flyers were hung around town to publicize the event, and the club contacted news and radio stations to help draw clients to benefit from the project.

For this particular service work, you didn’t have to be a member of Key Club to join; you just needed to attend the two prior meetings about it. Approximately 50 Marian students volunteered in various teams with their own jobs and responsibilities for the day. Volunteers helped register clients, unpack food, distribute and bring items to clients’ cars, and made the experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.

The truck was set up in the parking lot, and inside the gym were items donated from the socks and toiletries drive from the previous week, as well as other clothing items that were donated. Clients register, then proceed to the food truck in the order that they arrived. While they waited, they could pick out items in the gym, talk and pray with students, have a meal, and the children could play games or make crafts. “Some people tell us that they wait all year for us to have this, so we try to make it as comfortable for them as we can. They also say that they like coming here better than a local food pantry, and that really makes everything worth it for us”, Dobbins heartfully comments.

This charitable event not only helped the clients who attended, but also allowed the students to help the community and grow from the experience. Mrs. Kelly, Key Club’s teacher adviser, adds, “I’m always amazed by the compassion of our students. None of this would be possible without the support of our admin, parents, and so many community members.” If you didn’t make it to the first Marian Cares, consider volunteering for the next one in January for the opportunity to better yourself and the community.