RACELAND The Kiwanis Club of East Greenup County distributed 55 Thanksgiving food baskets on Saturday.

Kiwanis teamed up the Raceland-Worthington and Russell High School Key Clubs to celebrate the 25th annual event. When it began in 1995, the clubs delivered a Thanksgiving meal to 12 families.

More than 1,600 food items were included in the baskets. The Kiwanis Club and Key Clubs donated all of the non-perishable food items. The Kiwanis Club purchased ham, bread and dessert.

The family resource centers at the Raceland-Worthington, Russell and Greenup County school systems screened the families receiving the baskets. Families picked up baskets at Raceland-Worthington High, Russell-McDowell Intermediate and McKell Middle.

Kiwanis and Key Club members were on hand at the three locations to help load the baskets.

Among items in the baskets were instant potatoes, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, cranberry sauce, corn muffin mix, baking mix, vegetable oil, gravy packets, Jello, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly along with the ham, bread and a cream cheese iced pumpkin loaf for dessert.

The idea for the project originated with the Raceland Key Club in 1995.

The club estimates the project has assisted 1,325 families at a cost of approximately $47,300 over the 25-year period.

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