Spednic Club Raises $900 for Children’s Holiday Gifts

By Lura Jackson


The Spednic Bowling Club in Woodland has banded together to raise $900 specifically for the Stuff-A-Bus event – an event that collects donations and gifts for area children to grant them a brighter, more joyful holiday season through the understanding that their community cares for and supports them.

The funds were raised from a bowling tournament organized on Saturday, November 4th, in part through the efforts of Spedic Bowling Club member Jim Curtis. The entrance fee from each of the teams that entered comprised the first part of the donation, but then it increased even further when each of the winning teams contributed their winnings back to the pot. Additional donations helped to drive the total amount up to $900, a sum that Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons was overjoyed to receive.

“Thank you to the Spednic Club and its members and a huge thank you to James for all the heavy lifting that goes into something like that,” shared Chief Fitzsimmons. “You have helped out a bunch of kids for Christmas.”

The Stuff-A-Bus event has been organized for the past three years by members of local law enforcement to provide gifts of toys and needed clothing to children all over Washington County. A bus is parked in front of the Calais Wal-Mart while law enforcement members and other volunteers accept donations from shoppers, some of whom go to the store specifically to purchase gifts for the purpose. This year’s Stuff-A-Bus event will be held on December 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the bus itself located at Wal-Mart and cruisers parked in front of other retailers around the area to accept donations from shoppers there as well. All donations of new items suitable for children are welcomed and gratefully accepted.