Please use the donate link below as the original link exceeded PayPal protocols.  Apologies for any confusion.
 
Morning Star Rotary Grocery Store Gift Card Project Update
 
Over the weekend, another $900 of non-Board donations came in, which brings that portion to $2,236 so far. When the $3,500 from the Board ($1,750) and MSR Charitable Org ($1,750) is added, the total is now $5,736.
 
To make it even easier for anyone to donate, just click DONATEPlease type in that your donation is for Grocery Gift Cards.
 
At Morning Star Rotary’s most recent board meeting a decision was made to engage in a new fundraiser to purchase grocery store gift cards to be distributed to families in need in the Bethlehem area.
 
A pool of matching funds has been donated by Morning Star board members and is matched by our Club’s reserves up to $2,000.  The funding from the Club budget comes from unused items which will not be expended due to the effects of the pandemic on our operations.  The funds from the board members are from donations which they have made as individuals.  So far we have $3,500 available to match the donations of our club members and friends of the club who will be asked to donate.  
 
A donation of $25 will result in making a $50 gift card to Giant Food Stores available to a family in need.  We will distribute these Gift Cards with the assistance and judgement of school principals in the Bethlehem Area School District, the Director of the Hispanic Center of Bethlehem, and the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem.  Further, we are asking Giant Food Stores to add 10% more gift cards to our purchase to enhance the effect of our project.
 
To make a donation to this project you may go to the “Donate” icon at the top of the Morning Star Rotary home page. Note: you do not need a PayPal account to donate via PayPal - your debit or credit card is fine! The link includes a field for a description or comment. Please type in that your donation is for Grocery Gift Cards. (This same link will be used to collect funds for a variety of club purposes.)
Another option is to mail your check, paid to the order of “Morning Star Rotary” c/o J. Searfoss, Treasurer, 1409 Bogie Ave. Wescosville, PA 18106.
 
Please share this appeal with people outside of the club membership who you feel may have an interest in this effort.  Also, club members  are encouraged to donate resources which otherwise would be used for breakfast or Artisan First Thursday meeting expenses, as well as funds which would be expended for other club fund raisers during the balance of this Rotary year.
 
Our goal is to distribute 150+ gift cards of $50 each to families in need in Bethlehem.  Service above Self by People of Action will result in homes with food on the table to our neighbors in need.
 
Yours in Service,
Mike Long, on behalf of the Morning Star Rotary Board members