Baskets of Love

Barbara Barr

Imagine being a new mom, scraping to make ends meet, and having no money left over for cleaning supplies. Members of the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke made baskets of cleaning supplies for new mothers in the Copper Corridor and local area. Bre Zientarski, chair of the Community Service Committee, was alerted by IMPACT of Southern Arizona that there was a great need for new moms in the area to have some cleaning supplies. Food stamps and social services do not cover cleaning supplies, which are so needed by those who have infants.

Members of the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke took on this need with love and great hustle! Some members donated money or supplies, others shopped for the cleaning supplies, still other members assembled the Baskets of Love. Then there were those who got to deliver the baskets. It takes a village, and the Rotarians had so much fun making a special basket for new moms.

In addition to household cleaning supplies such as “Baskets of Love” full of laundry detergent and softener, cleaning supplies, sponges, Ziploc bags, foil, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, Kleenex, and Clorox Wipes, a little bit of love was tucked into each basket. Some little tokens of love included jelly beans, Hershey Kisses, and a cake complete with frosting!

If giving to others and trying to make the world a better place is something that’s attractive to you, some visit our friendly SaddleBrooke Rotarians. Rotary is open to those who live or work in the area. That includes SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, Oracle, the Copper Corridor, Catalina, and Oro Valley!

Visitors are welcome to join our Zoom meeting to learn more about Rotary. The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke meets weekly on Thursdays at mid-day.  Before the pandemic, we met by the fireplace in the Agave Lounge of the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse for lunch and an interesting speaker or program. Currently we meet on Zoom. When SaddleBrooke One restaurants are open, some of the members meet for lunch at the Roadrunner Grill before adjourning to the Agave Lounge for the Zoom meeting. If you would like more information, please contact Wendy Guyton at 520-404-5712 or by email at [email protected]