The Rotary Club of Blanco County recently supported the ongoing Mission of H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty Everywhere), under the direction of Mrs. Chris Cloyd of Blanco’s United Methodist Church, by helping gather, pack, and stuff over 150 backpacks distributed to young refugees in Reynosa and Piedras Negras, Mexico in time for Christmas. The backpacks were divided among teens, toddlers, and infants and contained such items as hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, brushes, etc.), writing or coloring materials, hats, socks and small toys. Rotarians Jayne Lightfoot and Sandy Switzer gathered and compiled all of the hygiene kits for both the refugees in Mexico as well as others to be distributed to schools in Blanco County. Harvie Lindeman, Rotary Club President, and Jack Twilley helped stuff the backpacks destined
for Mexico.
Among the many projects that the Rotary Club of Blanco County has conducted, this project, along with collecting coats and blankets last October, are the first international projects that the
club has undertaken. It is another example of Rotarians living the Rotary Motto of “Service above Self”. If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, working with motivated and caring
neighbors, and making our Blanco community a better place to live, contact Teri McKenzie at: We welcome you!