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From left are Don B. Keller, Chair Board of Directors Center for Family Resources; Jim Chester; Cheryl White; Lethia Wedgeworth; Darion Dunn, Chair Elect Board of Directors Center for Family Resources; and David Kilroy.

St. James Episcopal Church recently received the Helping Hand (Volunteers of the Year) Award from the Center for Family Resources. A group of volunteers from St. James, originally led by Tucker and Don McQueen, have served weekly in the Center for Family Resources’ food pantry since 2015. The team of seven volunteers from St. James currently serving in the food pantry are: Marty Bergstrom, Jim Chester, David Kilroy, Cheryl White, Lethia Wedgeworth, Kathy Mudge and Jeff Mudge.

St. James also conducts food and hygiene drives benefiting families served by the Center for Family Resources. In 2018, St. James collected $1,700 in gift cards for the Thanks for Giving food drive. “For years, St. James Episcopal Church has been instrumental in partnering with us and supporting our on-site food pantry,” said Lee Smith, vice president of operations for The Center for Family Resources.

Volunteers Cheryl White, Lethia Wedgeworth, Jim Chester and David Kilroy accepted the Helping Hand (Volunteers of the Year) award on behalf of St. James Episcopal Church during the annual awards ceremony.

St. James Episcopal Church was founded in 1842 and is located two blocks north of Marietta Square. St. James Church is an inclusive body of faith in the Anglican tradition, offering everyone spiritual nourishment and growth and making a difference in our community and the world.

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The Kiwanis Club of Marietta recently held its annual Spring Auction on May 9, raising $8,345. The proceeds from the auction go toward funding the club’s Graduate Marietta projects.

The auction started in February 2011 to celebrate Valentine’s Day and members would bring homemade desserts for auction during the regular meeting. It has grown considerably since then and is now the Spring Auction, held in May just before the Mother’s Day weekend.

In addition to the member-donated desserts, the club received generous donations which were also included in the silent and live auctions. Items donated included beautiful gold and diamond earrings, a condo stay in Florida, two Braves Baseball outings, an Atlanta United Soccer package, golf wear, hotel accommodations, custom leather goods, floral arrangements, professionally baked desserts, tickets to theater and musical performances and two photographic canvasses capturing the stillness and beauty of The Field of Flags at dusk.

The Kiwanis Club of Marietta sincerely thanks the merchants, businesses and individuals of Marietta and Cobb County for the invaluable support the club receives from them each year and for their donations which helped make this year’s auction so successful.

If you need a place to pay your civic dues and want to become involved in saving the children of the world, contact Executive Director Pat Huey (pathuey@comcast.net) for more information on how to register to attend the weekly luncheon meeting.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at 404-713-7318.

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