Waynesville Rotary has given back to its community over and over through the years.

The latest example was two weeks ago, when a $2,000 check was presented to Pathways Center. The funds were generated at the Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run, which is heavily supported by donations and volunteer hours from the club.

“That money was part of 189k that the club has raised throughout the 28 years,” said Cecil Yount, Waynesville Rotary’s Executive Secretary. “That does not include a truckload of new toys every year.”

The check came later than usual from the November event, Yount said.

“I was aware of the impending opening of the center for women and children, and we wanted to be able to make a donation to them for the children, so I had held that money back until they got opened,” Yount said. “Those donations aren’t really intended for brick and motar … the people that make those donations do so with the anticipation those will help the children’s Christmas.”

The 2019 parade will be held on Saturday Nov. 9.

In addition, the club enjoyed a “pop-up” service project, for which members brought ingredients for birthday cakes — frosting, bags, candles, cake mix — and put together 26 “birthdays in a bag.”

Waynesville Rotary President Tiffani Watts said the club members had a great time putting together the bags for those who are less fortunate.

“We were happy to give our members an opportunity to serve their community in such a unique way that will help provide 26 local people with the birthdays they deserve,” she said.

Phyllis Bryan of Haywood Christian Ministry said the organization is thrilled to have received such a donation.

“Birthday cakes are in constant demand and short supply,” she said, noting the bags will allow many lives to be brightened in the coming months.

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