By Richie Carni
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
EAST LANSING—The Weekend Survival Kit program is operating again this school year. The program helps provide for underprivileged elementary schoolchildren by donating backpacks full of food and delivering them to area schools. Dave Muhleck, owner of Allegra Marketing in Okemos, revived the program after it had been stopped due to a lack of funding and volunteers. Muhleck said the program has expanded greatly since he took over. “There are 17 schools being served right now in Lansing, Mason, Williamston, Haslett, DeWitt and other areas,” Muhleck said.
MASON—The Mason Kiwanis and Golden K clubs hosted a Red Cross blood drive Feb. 21 and brought in a large crowd of Mason residents. The Kiwanis and Kiwanis Golden K held the blood drive at St. James Catholic Church at 1010 S. Lansing Street. The event, held every 56 days, aims to bring together citizens from Mason in order to raise blood for the Red Cross.
This past Friday the Kiwanis (key-wan-is) club of Holt held a chicken barbecue at The First Presbyterian Church of Holt.
“We used to have to cook our own chicken,” Les Turner said a 50-year member of the club. Now the club has a company bring the chicken and cook them for the event. “This is our biggest event of the year,” Eric Grasse the President-elect of the club said. “About two-thirds of our business is through the drive-thru,” Grasse said, “Including Judge Alan a circuit judge.”
The average number for attendance for the past years is around 1,000 but this year the club expects about 750. There thinking is it is probably due to the economy.