It has been around for almost as long as the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. It has been chaired by at least six RCM presidents and several other RCM members, and has a dozen other club members among its ranks. The Douglas F. McKey Christmas Club has been serving families in need at the holidays since 1917. The club is named for Douglas F. McKey, grandfather of RCM member Jean McKey, who was also one of the first women to be admitted to our club.
Typically, McKey serves 240 households, two-thirds of which are families with over 400 children ranging from infants to teenagers. The rest are senior households. All are recommended to McKey by six local social service agencies familiar with their needs. Each household gets a well-stocked box of food staples as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Seniors get blankets and chocolates, while children get age appropriate clothing and toys. McKey members team up to deliver the food and gifts to each household right before Christmas making it a more personal experience for all involved.
Because of its long history of member leadership and involvement, RCM is supporting McKey with a $2500 donation for its second of a three year pledge.
Just as RCM makes a difference locally, so does the McKey Christmas Club. But as mentioned above, McKey needs more members. Past President Dan Vliet encourages all RCM members to look into McKey noting that just a few hours of volunteer time and a $110 donation can make a significant difference.
Here are upcoming dates when volunteers are needed:
Sunday, December 1st 8:00 – 11:00am – Shopping – Kohl’s in Brookfield 2325 N. 124th St.
Wednesday, December 11th – 9:00am – 12:00pm – Food Boxing – Hansen Storage 8100 N. Teutonia Ave.
Saturday, December 14th – 9:00am – 12:00pm – Gift Wrapping – Maynard Steel 2856 S. 27th St.
Monday, December 16th – 3:30 – 5:30pm – Gift Distribution – MSOE Todd Wehr Conference Center, followed by Dinner at the University Club
Further event, dues and donation details are available at www.mckeychristmasclub.org.