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Granite Bay Kiwanis, Rotary reach out to 135 families in need

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Two community service clubs in Granite Bay teamed up Dec. 14 to assemble holiday baskets for more than 150 families in need. The Granite Bay Kiwanis and Rotary Christmas Basket program is a tradition that goes back to 1989, when Kiwanis members decided to package food and gifts for locals who were struggling. In 1999, Granite Bay’s Rotary Club joined as part of the effort. With the help of area high school students, the Kiwanis members and Rotarians met at the old Eureka Union School to package turkeys, potatoes, stuffing and canned food assortments in baskets, along with tickets that allowed children and teenagers to get new shoes at Target. Delivering 53 bicycles to kids was also part of the operation.