The clients at Cache Employment and Training Center (CETC) will have a Merry Christmas, thanks to the support of Kiwanis Club of Logan. The service club donated $6,350 to the private nonprofit agency providing service for people with disabilities. CETC’s mission is to increase independence through vocational and life skills training, not only at the center, but in their homes and the community.
Preston Parker, president of the Logan Kiwanis, said they raised the money to help people at CETC have a Christmas.
“These people are 18 to 30 (years old) who fall through the cracks and are generally forgotten during the holidays and aren’t able to have a Christmas,” Parker said. “The Kiwanis Club pledged $2,000 and the balance came from local businesses, individuals and organizations.”
Kae Lynn Beecher, executive director of CETC, accepted the check and said she was thankful to the organization for thinking of the clients she oversees.
The money will be used to buy Christmas gifts for CETC clients.
“Many of our patrons don’t have family,” Beecher said. “This is a special part of Christmas for them.”
“The fact that these people are remembered at all has to do with Janet Flinders, a member of the Kiwanis,” she said. “She is the one that buys all the gifts for the 145 clients and makes sure they have a Santa for the party.”
Parker wanted to thank the following for their donations to the CETC Christmas program: LaMar Anderson, Daryl Arnell, Cache Valley Bank, Dahle’s Inc, Glade and Carol Davis, Deseret First Credit Union, Richard and Peggy Elwood, Lyle Hillyard, Kurt Kohfeld, Lee’s Marketplace, Clare Leishman, Logan Kiwanis Club, Glenna Markey, Morty’s Café, Joe and Nanette Nelson, Tom and LaDawn Painter, Sports Tower Inc, Stan Checketts Properties, Dave Swainston, and Kelly and Jan Wigington.
The Logan Kiwanis Club has supported CETC’s Christmas program for 12 years.