QUINCY — Keith Harrison is proud of what the Quincy Breakfast Kiwanis Club is doing in this time of crisis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It makes me feel good about the Quincy community," said Harrison, who is president of the social service organization.
The 65-member Breakfast Kiwanis Club has remained active in the face of adversity, but with a strong emphasis on caution and preventive measures.
Breakfast Kiwanis members have continued to deliver Meals on Wheels to those in need through cooperation with the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center. Harrison said a rotating list of members serve this need.
"There is no contact (with others) during the deliveries," Harrison said. "We knock on the door, then leave the meal in a bag on the door knob, or in a cooler."
One of the club members, Christine Kaiser, who owns the downtown business Expressions by Christine, is working with her staff to make protective masks for local health workers. The club donated $500 to assist Kaiser's effort, which is designed to produce 350 of the masks.
Another Breakfast Kiwanis member, Dan Conboy, is coordinating an effort to make protective plastic face shields for health care personnel.
Club members range in age from 35 to 85, according to Harrison.
"It's a good mixture of retired and active workers," said Harrison, 69, who said there are 54 men and 11 women in the Breakfast Kiwanis. "We're also growing," Harrison said. "We've added four new members since October."
The club also awards annual grants to a variety of organizations for community-related projects. In addition, the club helps out at the Oakley-Lindsay Center and assists with Bridge the Gap each spring.
Harrison said the club's board of directors is always keeping an eye on the community and for ways to help. Along with Harrison, other officers include Kevin Blickhan (president-elect), Charles McClain (vice president), Deb Kinscherf (secretary), Jeremy Koren (treasurer) and Dennis Bingheim (past president).
The board of directors includes Alta King, Danielle Harrison Henning, John Jones, Kurt Stuckman, Jim Whitfield and Conboy.