Gift bag project grows |

Gift bag project grows

Ashley Sweeney
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Club Live members Kate Lambdin, left, and Ashley Bennett, both ninth-grade students at South Tahoe Middle School, fill gifts bags for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

South Tahoe Middle School Club Live hosted its annual personal necessity item collection for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of South Lake Tahoe during the month of December.

More than 2,000 items were collected and more than 100 clients helped. On Dec. 10, during their monthly meeting, club members assembled gift bags with the collected items, which would later be given to the NAMI clients.

The club was helped by a school-wide drive for necessity items. The winning class was promised a doughnut and hot chocolate party. The class collecting the most items were the students of Kim Barcellos. Other classes that contributed large numbers of items were the students of Rhonda Van Deusen, Cindy Cowen, Debbi Treiber and Diane Reiner. The club appreciates all students and teachers who helped with contributions to the collection.

This is the eighth year that Club Live has assisted NAMI and each year the need has grown. In 1997 the group assembled 35 bags, and just last year the group donated 80 gift bags. This project helped club members become more aware of the needs of the mentally ill.

Club Live promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing middle school students with high energy alternative activities. The club provides leadership, service projects and club events for its members. For more information call Larry Lambdin, club advisor, at (530) 541-6404, Ext. 219.

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