On Nov. 2, the Kiwanis Club of Ashland provided a barbecue at The Grove to help the local Pop Warner football team celebrate another year of football. The team is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

All team members and their families were invited to the celebration. The Kiwanis Club provided hamburgers and hot dogs while various parents provided potluck entries and drinks. Pop Warner Coach Greg White led the celebration by handing out awards and memorabilia to help everyone remember the accomplishments of a great year.

Sylvia Sullivan, Kiwanis Club member, organized the barbecue. The hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled by Kiwanis members Russ Chadick, Don Paul and Derek Eck. Also helping with the barbecue was Rita Paul.

On Nov. 20, the Kiwanis Club of Ashland helped make the holidays a little brighter for some Medford-area teen moms and their families.

Kiwanis provided Thanksgiving dinner supplies, as well as groceries and diapers, for 10 households that included 10 teenage moms and their children. The club spent $1,200 on the shopping spree.

In cooperation with Youth for Christ, Kiwanis member and director of the Youth for Christ Teen Mom Mentoring program Peggy Trowbridge arranged the day for the teen moms. The volunteer mentoring program is designed to give teen moms and their children a safe place to come, relax and have fun once a week. A hot meal is provided, along with a craft or other activity, and childcare for the evening.

The mentoring program strives to provide each mom with a mentor who is available to spend time with the girls, listen, pray, laugh and cry with them. Most of the moms lack this sort of emotional support in their lives and just need someone to be there for them.

Thirteen Kiwanis members and four Ashland High School Key Club members volunteered for the event. Kiwanis and Key club members were assigned a teen mom for shopping purposes.

Groceries were delivered that evening and the Kiwanis members, teen moms, their children and the mentoring staff were able to share a Thanksgiving dinner together.

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