With school starting last week I’ve been thinking about the kids in our community and all the things various organizations do to help improve their quality of life.
Any time you can touch a child’s life in such a way that brings about positive reinforcement or a fond memory, you have made a difference in that child’s life. Even the simplest things like playing a board game, video game or baking cookies together, can provide the stability that the child may need to become a stable, productive adult.
The Portage Exchange Club is one of those organizations that try to help children in our fair city. If your child was handed a small American flag during the Portage 4th of July parade; that was through the efforts of the Portage Exchange Club. If you ever admired the historical documents at a park or municipal building, that is the work of the Portage Exchange Club. If you ever bought a raffle ticket to win a car; it may have been from the Portage Exchange Club. The club “exchanges ideas” for the betterment of the community.
This leads me to the Exchange Club’s 29th annual Charity Car Raffle at the Portage VFW Post 7760‘s, 2803 Monnier St. The picnic is Saturday. Proceeds from this raffle each year goes to the Needy Kids Christmas Shopping Project. Approximately 150 families benefit from this program by being able to shop for new clothes with the money that the Exchange Club raises from the raffle.
The picnic, which is held and sponsored by VFW Post 7760, starts at noon. It includes an all-you-can-eat picnic-type fare including beverages and dessert. The dinner is free with the purchase of a $20 raffle ticket.
The drawing will start at 1 p.m. and will be a reverse order drawing, which means the last ticket plucked out will be the winner of a new Ford Fiesta but there are 16 other cash prizes leading up to the grand prize.
There is a limit of 1500 tickets available and they can be purchased at Portage Ace Hardware or from any club member. The dinner and beverages are worth the price of the ticket alone. Winners do not have to be present so you can come and go as you please.
Don’t miss an opportunity to help our Exchange Club help the kids in our city. For more information, call President Warren Lewis at (219) 921-3910 and hurry and get your tickets today.
If you are interested in joining this club, you can come to a meeting any Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Miller’s Assisted Living Meeting room or check out their website at www.portage-exchange.com. Come out and “exchange” some cash for a great meal and the possibility of a new car.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.