While many young people of Galt were sleeping in and just hanging out during their winter break, members of Troop 1119 were working hard making wreaths and tending to their Christmas Tree Lot on Market Street. When the last tree and wreath were sold. the troop decided to make some Christmas magic. They donated all their proceeds to buy supplies for Kiwanis Family House, which serves families of sick children at Shriners and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

According to their website, the Kiwanis Family House was built through the efforts of many Kiwanis club volunteers from the Sacramento area. It opened on July 23, 1984 to answer an urgent need for temporary housing for the families of pediatric patients at the UCD Children’s Hospital in Sacramento.

Prior to their response, there were no accommodations available at the hospital, and no nearby hotel or motel facilities that were safe and affordable. When a child was in a life-threatening condition as a result of cystic fibrosis, cancer, prenatal difficulties, or trauma from an accident, the distraught families who needed to be near their child were forced to sleep in their cars, with no access to bathing, bathrooms, laundry facilities or a place to gain respite from their overwhelming fears. So, in many cases, children were left without the comfort of their parent’s presence because the parents could not afford to find temporary housing for extended stays.

All members of the troop voted on the donation. All that was left to do was to go on a shopping trip for supplies. Troop members hunted the aisles for dish soap, bathroom tissue, bottled water and other needed items.

Carmela Cuadrado Baker, committee fundraising chair for the troop, said she wished all the troop members could have participated in the shopping trip.

“The scouts hope to continue to provide much needed supplies to Kiwanis House all year round,” said Baker. “If readers would like to donate or learn more about Kiwanis Family House, they can visit their website at http://kiwanisfamilyhouse.org/who-we-are/mission-history/.”