Hastings Aktion Club Assembles Hundreds of Boxes for Salvation Army

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

The Hastings Salvation Army says that without donations and volunteers, they couldn't fulfill their mission to help others.

"It's a tremendous help to us when volunteers come in and help us," says Major Abe Tomayo. "It's a way of giving to the community, it's a way of sharing with our poorer neighbors in town and ensure that they have not just a good Christmas, but a warm winter and a good season throughout the year. Need knows no season - one of our slogans here at the Salvation Army, and it's just so true."

With Christmas just weeks away, Tomayo says they're one step closer to getting food and toy boxes ready for area families thanks to many helping hands from the Hastings Kiwanis Aktion Club.

"We will be basically assembling the folded up boxes, and later on other individuals at the Salvation Army will actually pack the food, but we assemble the boxes today," says Tom Genung, a member of the Hastings Noon Kiwanis Club.

With 11,000 worldwide members, Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, and is spelled with a "K" for Kiwanis' involvement.

Unfolding and taping boxes may not seem like a big service project, but Tomayo says with at least 800 food boxes slated to go out their doors in the next two weeks, it's a big help.

"Hundreds of boxes, it would take many labor hours, and they do it in such short order and have such a good time doing it, we really enjoy their partnership," says Tomayo.

Genung says volunteering is part of the Aktion Club mission.

"Often we look for projects to give back to the community in one form or another," he says.

The groups hope the actions of the Aktion Club will inspire others to volunteer too. And whether it's packing the boxes, wrapping toys, or ringing bells at a red kettle, Tomayo says there are still plenty of areas they could use help with this season.

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