LAKE MONTEZUMA - Rosemary Coker wishes that she were a millionaire.
"But I wouldn't be a millionaire for long," says Coker, a member of the Beaver Creek Kiwanis. "I'd give a lot of it away. A lot of families fall through the cracks and need help. All kids should have something to eat."
On Friday, the Beaver Creek Kiwanis opened the Kiwanis Christmas House to raise money for the club's Adopt-a-Family program. Through Dec. 22, the Christmas House will sell Christmas decorations to help families in need. All items at the Christmas House are either donated to the Kiwanis or made by the Beaver Creek Key Club, a Kiwanis-sponsored program for local teens.
"We accept money and new or new-like Christmas items, including clothes, toys, ornaments [and] lights," says Beaver Creek Kiwanis President Carol Keeton.
Jim Willis, vice president of the Beaver Creek Kiwanis, came up with the idea of the Christmas House.
"When you have an idea, you own it," Willis says. "We want this to be an annual Kiwanis event.
"We thought [the decorations] would really sell around Christmas, and that this would be a good way to raise funds for needy people in the community," Willis adds. "People have Christmas decorations stored up that are really nice. So we are asking for donations and accepting them here."
The Beaver Creek Kiwanis is currently looking for families to sponsor, Willis also says.
"We've been given names of families from schools, churches and individuals in the community," Willis says. "We're not sure how many families we will be able to sponsor."
Through the Christmas House, Willis says the Beaver Creek Kiwanis hopes to raise $1,000 for the Adopt-a-Family program.
"If we can get more than that, we can help more families," Willis says.
The Kiwanis Christmas House, located at 3450 E. Beaver Creek Road in Lake Montezuma, is open noon-8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the Kiwanis Christmas House or the Adopt-a-Family program, call 301-5411.