Mrs. Claus received a real boost Wednesday as she prepares to help Santa deliver presents to the clients of Cache Employment and Training Center. Through club, business and private donations, the Logan Kiwanis Club presented a check of $6,250 to the CETC for their Santa Party coming up on December 8th.
Janet Flinders, who is a member of the club, has been delivering presents to the developmentally-disabled clients at CETC in the role of Mrs. Claus for 15 years.
“This is my 15th year to make sure they have Christmas,” Flinders exclaimed Wednesday when the check was presented. “It touches my heart to be able to do that. It’s a lot of work but I don’t care, I’m retired!”
The money for the Santa Party came together as a collective effort by the club and its members. Daryl Arnell is the Logan Kiwanis Club president and he said the club donated $1,000 to the center last year, but wanted to do even more this year.
“Most of us on the board and a few club members felt like we could do even more than that,” Arnell explained. “We thought we could even double that, to $4,000.”
Arnell said the club set aside $2,000 from various fundraising activities through the year. Then Kiwanis members, and their businesses and business contacts, started donating additional dollars, pushing the overall figure above $6,000.
“There’s something in my house,” Arnell told the Kiwanis Club, “and I was reminded of it yesterday, the words say, ‘Wish It, Dream It, Do It.’ I was reminded that if you put a wish and a dream to something, then actually go out and do something you can accomplish great things. I think that’s the story of today.”
The Director of the Cache Employment and Training Center, Kae Lynn Beecher, received the check with tears in her eyes. She said the money will be used by the center to purchase gifts that are wanted and needed for its more than 140 clients.
“Thank you from our hearts. We couldn’t do this,” said Beecher. “We weren’t able to do this before Janet found us and before she rallied you and all of the community to make this happen.
“You don’t even know the joy and the emotion on Santa Claus Day…when they know that somebody cares about them, somebody got them what they wanted (even if it was small), somebody remembered them! It’s just touching.”
“They are not forgotten anymore,” Flinders added. “When they turned 18 they no longer received Sub for Santa or Toys for Tots anymore. Now they are not forgotten. It just warms my heart.”