Boxing It Up to Give Thanks

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, Key Clubbers continue to focus on food insecurity and its presence in our communities. As season three begins, help us remember those in need as we commit ourselves to service. For many, meeting the house payment, utilities, gasoline, essential health needs interfere with ability to provide for a festive holiday meal.    

West Virginia Key Club students continue to change the face of Thanksgiving for these families. The challenge of service lies ahead, fulfilling 1,000 boxes and raising $25,000 to support our goal. With your help, Boxing It Up can provide for struggling families for at least one day! 

Our North-Central high school-based team has grown to include seven schools working together: Bridgeport, Lewis County, Liberty, Lincoln, Notre Dame, and Robert C. Byrd. New for 2019, the collegiate level (Circle K) has volunteered to support the needed outreach and Washington High School in Charles Town, WV bringing expansion to the south. Each student is committed to working together to distribute boxed dinners and help families do what families do best: Make Memories! 

Included in the box is a traditional Thanksgiving meal that will feed a family of six: canned vegetables, a frozen turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, and a pumpkin pie!  What started as student service initiative, grew by season two to raise $16,000 and deliver 575 boxed meals throughout 11 food pantries in 3 counties: Harrison, Marion, and Lewis. Boxing it Up not only brings awareness to hunger needs in our communities, but also promotes invaluable lessons of leadership, fundraising, and commitment to Key Club members.

Kiwanis, the parent organization of Key Club International is returning to serve as the 2019 advisors. Price Cutter, who has stood beside us from the beginning, will continue serving as a sponsor to provide discounted food items, storage, and use of their facilities for packaging and distribution. A true blessing!

Click Here  to view last year's campaign video highlighting the students and all they helped to achieve!

Community support remains essential to meeting the campaign’s goals. In appreciation of your consideration, “WE” are part of the future of community service. Thank You!

As pointed out by GoFundMe on 10/26/19 and to help  meet their requested clarifications, please note the following:  This is  to assure there is no miscommunication.  My name is Hannah Povroznik. Those that have followed my journey and all who have donated to date through GoFundMe know that it is a project that I developed and have worked personally.  The relationship to Key Club is that I was a Key Club member when first developing it and that I continue to incorporate Key Club members on the journey of leadership and service with students.  While I have served as the Lieutenant Governor to Key Club and currently the International Trustee, this project is run and managed by me personally as it relates to the receiving donations and paying expenses.  The funds are received into a personal checking account (overseen by my father, a Kiwanian and mentor to Boxing it Up).  This account serves as a "pass through" as our accountant has referred to it for the charity work of Boxing it Up.  Essentially, everything that is fundraised is utilized to fill the boxes, purchase the boxes and an occasional printing expense. It was felt that perusing a 501C3 for Boxing it Up to Given Thanks would be a timely and costly adventure and delay the work being done to support those in need at Thanksgiving.  I appreciate GoFundMe pointing out their concern so that this vehicle continues for those wishing to contribute.

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Hannah Povroznik 
Bridgeport, WV
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