Peachtree City Rotary and Rotaract Clubs respond to community needs

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The Peachtree City Rotary Club Board of Directors highlight Midwest Food Bank's Tender Mercies packages.

When times get tough in our local community, the Peachtree City Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are here to respond!

Over the last 8 weeks of quarantine, these organizations have come together to support multiple groups in the community.

Piedmont Fayette’s Paige Muh, Rotary President Steve Ivoery, and Rotarian Ant Murphy deliver food to healthcare heroes at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

Our HEROES at Fayette Piedmont

PTC Rotary wanted to ‘Feed our MEDs’ and put out a call to action on a Friday afternoon. The plan was to be able to feed one or two departments at the hospital. With the response from the club members, other local individuals and Webb & Taylor, LLC, with financial donations and the support of Rotarian, Ant Murphy (Georgia Shrimp), they were able to feed all 300 members on staff at the hospital.

Our local grocery store workers at Walmart, Kroger, and Publix

PTC Rotaract delivered baskets of snacks and thank you notes for these essential employees who continue to go above and beyond during the quarantine to keep the shelves stocked.

Shut-in seniors at Arbor Terrace Senior Home

PTC Rotaract members took baskets of puzzle books, arts and crafts supplies, yarn and crochet hooks along with over 100 hand-written letters for the residents just to brighten their day.

And more…

PTC Rotary made a donation to Fayette Factor to help support their efforts to keep our school meals going during the school closings.

Bloom highlighted several items needed to support the foster kids in our area. The PTC Rotary Club responded by donating hundreds of items including diapers, formula, and baby wipes.

Peachtree City Rotaract members Azell Francis, president, Austin Childs, Brooke Turner, vice president, and Bryce Benton, volunteer at the Real Life Center.

Real Life Center noted specific items that were in need for their food pantry as they continue to support local families in need. The PTC Rotaract Club once again went into response mode and purchased over 250 items on that list.

Rotarian Will Garner, executive director of Midwest Food Bank, mentioned all of the good work they were doing during the quarantine to keep food pantries, churches, and other organizations in stock with nutritious meals for our community. With that in mind, the PTC Rotary Club was able to purchase a full pallet of Tender Mercies from Midwest Food Bank for them to continue to distribute to those most in need. This pallet will allow them to touch so many individuals as there are over 1300 bags at 4 servings per bag that are loaded with rice, beans, and protein.

“The Rotary Club is blessed to be part of this community who loves to SERVE those in need,” said President, Steve Ivory. “It is times like this that allow us to show how we are People of Action and truly put Service Above Self – the mottoes of Rotary International.”

About Rotary

Rotary International was founded in Chicago, IL on February 23, 1905. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million members across 35,000 clubs. We believe that we have a shared responsibility to unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. Our focus areas are promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We do this by providing service to others, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. The Rotary Club of Peachtree City was established in 1967 and is the oldest service club in Fayette County. We have approximately 120 members and we meet each Thursday at noon at the Peachtree City Conference Center.

PTC Rotaract Club

The PTC Rotaract Club was chartered in January 2020 and is made up of young professionals aged 21-30 in our local community. Rotaract is a partner of Rotary International and focuses on exchanging ideas with leaders in the community, developing leadership and professional skills, and having fun through service. Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service.

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Submitted by: Mandy Timmons, Public Image Director, PTC Rotary Club