EAST CHICAGO | Club Ki-Yowga of East Chicago is a nonprofit organization founded in 1933 with members locally and as far away as Las Vegas, Nev.
For the past six years we have held an annual food basket drive for families in need, raising $2,500 this year to fill baskets for 50 families, up from just six families when the project started.
The food basket is full of enough groceries to feed a family two weeks or longer, including a Christmas dinner of ham or turkey with all the trimmings. Breakfast items, soups and pasta are also provided.
In addition to families, numerous baskets of food were delivered to the Carmelite Home of East Chicago.
Three Santas helped deliver with separate groups along with the elves who helped wrap each box that held the groceries. The food helps families that have school children on Christmas break who normally depend on school breakfasts and lunches.
"Last year, a Ki-Yowga Santa, Matt Balitewicz, asked a little girl what she wanted for Christmas and she said, 'All I want, Santa, is a sandwich.' This is what drove us to kick up our fundraising efforts this year," said Treasurer Gregory Andrews, of Crown Point.
"We would like to express our thanks to the stores that helped us though all our shopping needs, Strack and VanTil, Aldi, and Meijer, and to all the friends and families of the membership that helped make this a success," Andrews added.