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Soroptimist Club donates supplies to KidsFirst

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Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin recently extended a helping hand to KidsFirst by donating over $1,700 in baby supplies. KidsFirst, with centers in Auburn, Roseville and Citrus Heights, helped over 12,000 children and families last year. The organization lends support to parents with difficult life circumstances before problems become overwhelming and a child is hurt. A critical need in helping families with young children is an adequate supply of diapers, clothes, wipes and other baby supplies according to Judee Daniels, the director of development and community relations for KidsFirst. “Over the last year, we have experienced a significant increase in the number of children and families in crisis,” Daniels said. “We are so grateful for Soroptimist’s compassion and generous donations that will keep more children in safe, healthy and nurturing homes.” The Soroptimists donated more than baby supplies, according to Brenda Newsom, club president. “Soroptimist members also filled backpacks with overnight essentials such as tooth brushes and other personal items plus a handmade quilt and teddy bear for comfort. KidsFirst will use the backpacks in emergency situations when children go to stay with family members unexpectedly,” Newsom said. Soroptimist of Loomis Basin, chartered in 1974, also supports the Loomis Women’s Shelter and Loomis Senior L.I.F.E. Center, maintains a closet of home supplies for women and foster youth in transition to independent living, and provides scholarships to teachers and participates in many other community activities. To raise funds, the nonprofit group hosts events such as Tostada Bingo held last month and the upcoming “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere” Parrotheads Jimmy Buffet Tribute Concert, to be held Aug. 13 at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The Loomis Basin club, which meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday, welcomes new members. To learn more or to visit a weekly meeting, contact Brenda Newsom at 303-6837. The club is also chartering a group in Rocklin. Members will host an introductory event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Bistro 33, inside Mercedes-Benz of Rocklin, located at 4747 Granite Dr. in Rocklin. To reserve a seat, call Terry Duarte at 417-5741. Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. – Staff report