Community News: Storytime with Santa, holiday food drives and Gingerbread houses

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Katie McDavid won Monroe Parks and Recreation's first annual Gingerbread House Competition with her entry, “Christmas in Monroe.”

Storytime with Santa

MONROE, CT — Everyone is welcome to attend Monroe SEPTA’s Storytime with Santa on Zoom this Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Santa will read stories and there will be a sing-along and a printable craft.

The Meeting I.D. is 955 1253 1359 and the Passcode is 15KhBF.

Monroe Rotary Club’s holiday food drive

The last haul of donations from the Monroe Rotary Club’s food drive is ready to go. The drive benefits the Monroe Food Pantry.

The Monroe Rotary Club made a $1,000 donation to the Monroe Food Pantry for the holidays, as part of its annual Thanks-4-Giving food drive.

The generous donations from townspeople will help local families, who are struggling to make ends meet, to put food on the table this winter.

Rotary members expressed their gratitude to the following businesses who served as drop-off spots for donations: Monroe Social, Last Drop Coffee Shop, Henny Penny and Stop & Shop.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Washington Lodge No. 19 helps Monroe Food Pantry

Washington Lodge No. 19 makes a donation to the Monroe Food Pantry. Photo by Martin Cernuch

Washington Lodge No. 19 donated a total of $2,475 to the Monroe Food Pantry this year.

In June, the lodge presented a $563 check to Kathleen Turner, coordinator of the food pantry, and Henna Ali, director of Community and Social Services, and the women received a $1,912 check last week.

“One of our Worshipful Master Kiko’s goals this year was making sure we help our local food pantry,” said Roy Nealon, a spokesman for the lodge. “In past years we donated many pounds of food. Washington Lodge No. 19 is happy to report with the pandemic we were able to raise cash and make a sizable donation.”

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