It was party time at the Boys and Girls Club of Thomson last week. Every quarter, a birthday party is given by the Thomson Kiwanis Club for children whose birthday falls in that quarter.
"We just wanted to do something for the kids," said Sandra Whitaker. "We didn't know if they are able to have birthday parties at home. But, even if they do, what's one more party?"
Mrs. Whitaker, Connie Cheatham and Carolyn Gilbert brought two full sheet cakes, vanilla ice cream, drinks and gifts for the seven children who had a birthday in July, August and September. One of the cakes was decorated with blue frosting and the other with pink.
"It's good cake," said Aaron Dixon, 13, as he enjoyed his third piece.
The honorees lined up in the front of the gymnasium, while everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to them. Then, they get to go first through the serving line.
"I like it because we get to sing 'Happy Birthday,'" said Oteekqueazhia Williams.
Friday's event was the third party the Kiwanis Club has hosted for the children.
Sharon Meyers, director of the Thomson Boys and Girls Club, said the children look forward to the party.
"The ones who have birthdays coming up already are saying theirs is next. They really get excited and look forward to it," Ms. Meyers said. "It's been great."
Honorees at Friday's party include: Eddie Ricklin, CerAuhjalaun Williams, Drelon Romer, Barbara Jones, Haley Greene, Mikelyn Willis and Michael Willis.
Kiwanis International is a coeducational service club with more than 240,000 members in 80 nations. The motto is "Serving the children of the world."
The Thomson Kiwanis Club meets every Monday.