This Christmas season, the Oro Valley Kiwanis Club has teamed up with the Tucson Quilter’s Guild in a cause that will positively affect 60 children and their families.

Kiwanis Club President Gary Kling was thrilled when he learned the Tucson Quilter’s Guild, under Chairwoman Mary Bazzano, would be donating 60 hand-made quilts, stockings, and pillowcases to the Kiwanis’ Kids in Need program.

“They deserve a lot of credit for what they are doing,” said Kling. 

On Nov. 9, the two charity leaders met at Saint Frances Cabrini Parish Hall to exchange the quilts, stockings and pillowcases.

With a smile, Kling said he was impressed by the intricate, professional-quality quilts.

Bazzano was also all smiles as she handed them over to Kling, who repeatedly thanked her for the contribution.

“It’s just great to be giving back to the community, all while doing something I already love doing,” said Bazzanno.

On Dec. 10, Kling and Kiwanis members will take the donated quilts to the Tucson Mall where Santa Claus will give them to each designated child.

Along with the quilts, the Kiwanis Club is offering each child $125 worth of clothing, a McDonald’s breakfast, a stocking filled with toys and treats, and an optional haircut.

The club, which chooses the children based on school referrals, has been helping children in need since 1990.

In total, the club, which extends to 80 nations, has offered more than six million hours of volunteer service per year, while raising more than $107 million for various communities. When asked if giving back to the community was the most rewarding part of his job, Kling said, “You bet.”

Bazzano was equally enthusiastic when discussing the efforts of the Tucson Quilter’s Guild.

Since it began in 1976, the Tucson Quilter’s Guild has been growing, both in members and in reputation for community service. Each August, the non-profit organization assembles for a “Quilt-A-Thon”, where the members put its cause and crafting skills into action. In the past, the members have created a variety of goods for charities, cancer patients and homebound individuals. This holiday season, the guild has chosen yet another worthy cause by donating to the Kiwanis Club.

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