2013 Peanut Butter Campaign
Optimist Christmas Tree Lot Open
(through December 22)
(behind Burger King on the Business Loop
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fraser, Balsam and Caanan Firs, Scotch and White Pines
Koeze Nuts and Amish Brittle, Jams and more
2013 Peanut Butter Campaign
Club members asked if there wasn’t something extra we could do this Christmas for youth of Columbia and Boone County. Turning immediately to Peggy Kirpatrick at theFood Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, she quickly asked if we would take on a peanut butter fundraising campaign.
When youth supported by the Buddy Pack program goes home for the December/January winter break, they will go home with 2 Buddy packs, good for 5-6 days supplemental food, for an 11 day long break. We are raising funds to purchase two thousand 16-20 oz. jars of peanut butter, one jar extra to go home with each and every Buddy Pack child in Boone County. We’re looking to raise over $2,600 for this project. Any and all funds raised go directly to the food bank earmarked for the Buddy Pack program.
The Food Bank of Central and N.E. MO is a 501c3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible.
The Downtown Optimists invite you to visit us and learn more about our civic club. We have been bringing out the best in kids since 1936!
Come join us Mondays at noon at Hy-Vee (25 Conley Road, next to Sam's Club) in the upstairs meeting room.
Christmas with a Cause
Since 1936 when the Downtown Optimist Club was formed, through fund raising efforts, over 1 million dollars have been raised and put back into youth organizations in the Columbia and Boone County area.
The tradition of purchasing Christmas trees from the Downtown Optimist lot(s) started in 1955 when the first trees arrived by train to the Katy Station. That year trees were sold on a lot West of the Post Office. In 1956 the club moved to and sold Christmas trees under the bleachers of the Hickman High School football stadium. For many families, the art of selecting that perfect tree is an annual outing.
In 1984, Koeze nuts and candies were introduced as a fall fundraiser that now carries on through the Christmas season. Koeze provides some of the highest quality nuts and candies, enjoyed by many, and make wonderful gifts for family, employees, clients, teachers, coaches, the post man, and on and on.
Unlike proceeds from trees and products sold at large corporate stores, all of the proceeds from these fundraisers stay right here in Columbia and Boone County supporting youth organizations and projects. When you choose an Optimist Christmas tree or Koeze nut product, you are choosing to invest in our local youth.
We all thank you for your past, current and future support.
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Downtown Optimist © 2013
December 4, 2013