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Rotary Club collects games for Christmas food boxes

The Pagosa Springs community has jumped in with both feet to support the program to include board games with the Christmas food boxes to be distributed to needy people in the community by the Salvation Army.

It is the hope that, in these difficult times, a quality old-fashioned Christmas can be experienced and enjoyed by all of our less fortunate neighbors with a family Christmas meal and quality time playing family board games.

The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is organizing the project, and the members of the 4-H clubs are Christmas wrapping the games as Christmas gifts from the community. The more than 150 4-H members participate in many other community service activities, including highway cleanup, food drives, cleanup around lakes and streams, making placemats for Loaves and Fishes, writing letters to deployed service members, and many other projects.

Along with these community-minded young people, many other disparate groups are participating in donating board games, including the Pagosa Homemakers, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and the Hold-em Ladies’ Poker Club.

The good folks at the United Methodist Church are working in concert with the Salvation Army to prepare the food boxes.

New board games can be donated by dropping them off at either branch of the Citizens Bank or at Jann Pitcher Real Estate office. Suggested games include Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, Parcheesi, Monopoly, Pickup Sticks, Chinese Checkers, Yahtzee, Scrabble and the various -oploy games available at the Humane Society Thrift Store.

Cash donations will also be accepted at any dropoff point Dec. 15.

For additional information, call Jann Pitcher at 731-4065 or Joe Donavan at 731-9296.