Donation to the Putnam Family Resource Center


Photo by Linda Lemmon

Putnam Rotary Club President Paul Pikora and Patty Bryant check out some of the donations from the Rotary Club to the Putnam Family Resource Center.  President Pikora, who was installed in late June, had thought about what was important to the local community when he was considering what his year at the helm of Rotary would look like.  While donations by club members and the club to Rotary International help very worthy causes, like the eradication of polio, Pikora wanted to do something that affected the community the Putnam Rotary serves.

 He decided on a campaign to help local organizations each month of his year. The first month, Putnam Rotarians made contributions to Daily Bread. The next month, Rotarians helped the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group. The Putnam Family Resource Center needed school supplies for the families served by the center.
Patty Bryant, director of the center, said 200 backpacks are filled and given to kids in need. In addition to the backpacks, Rotarians donated everything that goes into a backpack including notebooks, pencils, markers and more. Pikora also gave Bryant $77 in cash that was donated.  Bryant said those served by the center are families that might not be able to afford school supplies. "The choice might be between food for the table or school supplies," she said. In all the center helps 500 in all capacities throughout the year.
"We certainly appreciate the donation," she told Pikora.