It’s never too early to think about Christmas! The Lone Peak Interact Club met during lunch on Oct. 16 to begin the annual Rotary Club Giving Tree project, which brings presents to local kids.

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Big Sky Interactors collecting clothes for those in need

Community service projects are always on the minds of the 30 or so members of the Lone Peak Interact Club, a service-focused group for high schoolers sponsored by Big Sky’s Rotary Club. So last month when they saw the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, they wanted to do something to help those affected. They decided to send clothing to victims displaced from their homes.

But as Interact Club leader and local Rotarian Laura Seyfang explained to the group, it’s not always that easy. 

“From my Red Cross experience, I know that (donating clothing) is a fabulous desire, but in reality doesn't always logistically work out so well,” Seyfang said.

Instead, she encouraged the Interactors to make donations to the Bozeman Goodwill or Salvation Army instead. And that is exactly what they are doing—collecting any kind of gently worn clothes, preferably warm weather clothes, in bins located at Lone Peak High and the Big Sky Post Office. The boxes will be in place through the end of October.

But that’s not all. Another upcoming service project the Interactors are helping with is the annual Giving Tree Project sponsored by Rotary. A tree placed in the lobby of the post office will have decorations labeled with the names of local children in need of some gifts for Christmas, which residents can either buy or send in money to purchase. The Interact students are doing their part by helping cut out and tie ribbons on the tree tags.

And there’s more! The Interactors also will be doing some fundraising soon, striving to collect money for the Tsering’s Fund to continue the sponsorship of a young girl in Nepal to send her to school. One way they’ll do that is by selling baked holiday treats and Guatemalan coffee at the Nutcracker performance slated for Dec. 2 at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.



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