By Henry Wong
The Bellbrook Key Club supports a myriad of organizations, one of them being The Caring Place in Xenia. It was first started 24 years ago by Pastor Tom Batterman and Barb Swinehart. Every Thursday from 6 to 7 pm, the organization serves anywhere between 100 to 200 free dinners to anyone who comes. Their goal is to provide a hot meal to those in need at least once a week.
Meals take place at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church on 287 W. Main Street in Xenia and volunteers are always welcome. Alongside its mission to feed those who are less fortunate, The Caring Place also strives to help senior citizens in the community.
Those who come with empty stomachs aren’t the only ones who leave feeling refreshed. Sophomore Evan Hyman, an active member of the Bellbrook Key Club, said the organization helped him realize how much he really has and the struggles some people face to get a hot meal. Additionally, he said, “I enjoyed meeting the families we served the meals to and also the people from the church who we worked with.” Senior Betty Hociota, the current president of the Bellbrook Key Club, says she loves everything about the organization. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a person there not smiling,” she says. It is comforting to know that as long as there is a need, The Caring Place will always venture to help those who are less fortunate.