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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Local Rotary wants to help the Elderly

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

The Harker Heights Rotary Club is hosting its second annual Blankets and Socks for the Elderly campaign; the club is inviting citizens in the area to get into the holiday spirit by donating new blankets and no-skid socks for the elderly.

Chartered in 2010, the HH Rotary Club is home to community-minded individuals dedicated to serving and participating in the Rotary’s International mission to promote understanding, good will and world peace. The club’s vision is to cultivate a dynamic membership that enhances club values in order to better serve local communities, while providing systemic and enduring change.

Bobby Whitson has been a Charter Rotary member for the last seven years, and even served as a Rotary Officer in the past. Whitson says the club did so well last year with donations that they wanted to do it again this year. “We had an amazing turn out last year. I certainly can’t take the credit, however, as it was April Cloud’s idea from the go to start this program.” Whiston also says they are currently accepting donations at various locations through out Harker Heights and Killeen, and will be until Wednesday, December 20. Drop-off locations include NetCo Title in Harker Heights, 326 Morgan Street, Federal Credit Union in Killeen, 3305 E Elms Road, John Reider Properties in Harker Heights, 455 E Central Texas Expressway, or even at the weekly meetings at the Rotary Club, 108 E FM 2410 in Harker Heights. Meetings take place every Thursday at 7 a.m.

April Cloud is a member of the Satellite Rotary Club, which was created to encourage new and younger members in the area. “Since the meetings are held at 7 a.m. on a Thursday, it was difficult for a lot of parents to attend the meetings,” she says, “The Satellite club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Taqueria, or another local restaurant. We have our own twist on the meetings, but a lot of it is derived from the main Rotary meetings.” Cloud also says she has been a member for nearly two years. “I have had the best experience being a part of this club. It’s great comradery, and I’m able to implement much of what I like doing in the community. We can achieve different goals that we have for ourselves and for the club.”

Cloud is also the mastermind behind the Blankets and Socks campaign, which for her, began over 10 years ago when she worked at a nursing home through college. “I absolutely love the elderly,” she said. “Some people love animals, and I love the elderly. I was doing this by myself for a long time, because working at a nursing home, I saw that while most of them had blankets, many of them didn’t. Because they’re often cold due to their thin skin, I just thought it would be a shame for them to go without.” Cloud says she proposed the idea to the club last year, and received over 500 blankets as a result. “We donated the blankets to Indian Oaks nursing home and Rosewood, and we had enough to give every patient a blanket, with some left over. This is our first year asking for no-skid socks, but we’re optimistic that the donations will be just as good, if not better, than last year.”

This year, Cloud plans on donating the socks and blankets to Indian Oaks and Rosewood again. For more information on how you can donate, visit their Facebook page at


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