At the November 12th meeting of the Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory, President Mark Seaman presented a check for $5000 to Salvation Army Captain Bethany Delaney for the Catawba Christmas Bureau. In keeping with the Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory’s focus on local educational initiatives, the contribution will provide funds to aid with the purchase and distribution of age appropriate books for area school children as part of the Christmas Bureau’s Book Buddies Program which provided over 3000 books to area children in 2014.
These donations are made possible by the Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory’s successful fundraising activities, including the annual Rotarian Idol competition. The Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory’s ongoing commitment of financial support continues to provide necessary educational assistance locally, and is consistent with the club’s continued commitment to and financial support of local educational initiatives.
The Catawba Christmas Bureau is a community-wide outreach, made up of various agencies and businesses, with a goal of providing toys, clothing, food and other resources to families in need at Christmas. Many of the gifts and clothing received are the only gifts these children will have to open on Christmas morning. In 2014, over 3000 children ages birth to sixteen received assistance through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau impacting over 1200 families.