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PW parks receives sizable donation

A sizeable donation from the Pueblo West Rotary Club will help provide for lots of families in the community through the Parks and Recreation’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.

The Rotary Club recently made a $1,000 donation to Pueblo West Parks and Recreation, to be used toward the holiday baskets distributed to those in need in the area. Parks and Rec Director Carol Cosby said she’s grateful.

“We’ll probably spend about $2,500 for our Thanksgiving baskets, and hopefully we’ll get more donations and be able to do about the same for Christmas,” she said.

“We use the money we get to buy turkeys, potatoes, pies, butter, eggs, flour and more.”

The money from the Rotary Club came from its annual Oktoberfest celebration in early October, which was a large success, said Andy Blumberg, past president of Rotary in Pueblo West and Oktoberfest chairman.

“We work really hard to help out everybody in the community that we can,” Blumberg said. “

We started Oktoberfest a few years ago to raise funds for the community, and it’s also fun! Because this is so close to the holidays, and Parks and Rec does amazing things with the food baskets for our community, we try to do as much as we can.”

Blumberg said Rotary members were “really proud” to be able to donate $1,000 this year, and hope the amount continues to grow each year.

“The community – whether they know it or now – is supporting these food baskets by coming out to Oktoberfest. It’s a win-win.”

Parks and Rec does not charge the Rotary club a fee to use the park, and staff helps with some event set up and take down. “Rotary does a lot for our community, and I don’t think people realize how much they do,” Cosby said. “I don’t think they’re recognized enough for everything.”

The holiday food baskets are a staple in the Pueblo West community for many families. Those in need are identified by school staff and confidentially submitted to Parks and Rec staff, who prepare and deliver the baskets just before the holidays.

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