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Red beans a gateway to giving

The red beans and rice will be hot and plentiful. The benefits will be abundant.

The Servitium Club’s annual fall fundraiser is Tuesday and tickets are available now from any club member for six dollars each. Money raised help child-focused organizations and programs.

The $6 buys a carry-out box filled with red beans and rice with sausage, cornbread, green beans and a cookie, said President Colby Calcote.

Pick-up is at Lipsey School from 4-6:30 p.m.

The Lipsey cafeteria worker will make about 500 meals Tuesday. Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket.

“Even if you didn’t get a ticket you can certainly come and get it at the door,” he said.

The traditional Cajun entrée has been cooked by the cafeteria workers at Lipsey since Rita Rich, who was the principal in the 90s, suggested it for the Kiwanis club as a fundraiser. Rich was the first female member of the local Kiwanis club, which in 2013 became Servitium locally.

Servitium is Latin for “Service to All” and members raise money locally to be used to fund educational and child-focused organizations.

Calcote joined the Servitium Club four years ago when he moved back to his hometown after being away 13 years. He enjoys the group for the work it does that benefits children and also for the camaraderie with the friends and business acquaintances he’s made.

He loves to see the result of the donations they make. This year they’ve divvied up more than $5,000 to Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center, Berean Children’s Home, Baptist Children’s Village, Ferst Readers, Lemon Stand, Doll’s House, Backpack Ministries and Mississippi Toughest Kid.

“We think it is money well spent,” he said.

Servitium focuses on raising money to help children, and the red beans and rice fundraiser is one of only two charity events the club holds each year. In February, they also host a pancake day.

The club meets at Brookhaven County Club Wednesday at noon for lunch and a program. For information about attending a meeting as a guest or joining the organization, contact Calcote at 601-835-3557.