Quota clubs around the globe remember the often forgotten members of their communities in a special way during the holidays. While club service is unique to each community, the sentiment is the same, reflecting the Quota International motto, “We Share.”
In the Philippines, young members of the Manila South Quota club lavish attention on children in Talisay, Batangas, who had never before benefited from outreach from any organization. Their Pasko sa Enero, or Christmas in January, is a lively event, including lunch, dancing, and gifts for 65 needy youngsters. “This project is an eye-opener for our young members,” noted past club president Corazon de Castro. “It made them realize that being a member of Quota is fulfilling and that they took for granted many things in life.”
Meanwhile, the Quota club of Manila hosts a party for children served by their medical mission and feeding program.
In Australia, the Quota club of Toowoomba, Queensland, bakes traditional fruit cakes, which members slice and individually wrap for the 450 Christmas dinners delivered by the local Meals on Wheels program. Across the globe in the U.S., the New Castle Quota club in Pennsylvania decorates 50 miniature Christmas trees for Meals on Wheels recipients in their community.
Elsewhere in the U.S., Minneapolis Quota members in Minnesota prepare Christmas dinner for their local Jeremiah House, while the Temple City Quota club in California provides toys for needy children. The Salisbury Quota club in Maryland fills and decorates 90 fruit baskets for hospice patients, while the Fairbanks Quota club in Alaska prepares and distributes food baskets to disadvantaged local families. The Quota club of Bristol, Connecticut, prepares a holiday celebration, complete with gifts and food, for a local disadvantaged family.
In West Virginia, the Quota club of Beckley hosts a Signing Santa Christmas Party for hard-of-hearing children throughout the city school system. Teachers and guests join the kids for lunch and a lively afternoon of caroling in sign and gift-giving. “We cherish this event year after year,” said past club president Karen Reed. “We have become very attached to the children, watching them grow from grade school to graduation.”