The Merrillville Rotary Club made Thanksgiving happier for numerous area needy families recently by donating 50 turkeys to St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point that were distributed to clients. Club members raised $500 to purchase the items from the Strack and Van Til store in Crown Point. Among the recipients were (front row, starting with third from left) Rosemary Gutesha, of Hebron; Randel Cameron, of Demotte; and Teodoro Ramos, of Crown Point.
Also in the front row ( from left), are Julie Mallers, nurse practitioner and clinic manager; and Laura Mannion, Rotary president, who also is Franciscan Health Foundation development director. In the back row are Mary Wright, a Rotary past president; Jim Larsen, club president-elect; and Tom Kuhn, a club past president and board member. St. Clare, since 1996, has provided free health and various other services to underprivileged residents in six area counties. The clinic is under the auspices of Franciscan Health Crown Point. For more information, call (219) 663-2160.