Winter visitors donate to local club


Port Isabel-South Padre Press

When Leanne Reid decides she wants to do something, it gets done. Recently, the affable Winter Texan, who hails from just south of Toronto, Ontario, decided she wanted to give back to the community she and her husband call home for two months out of the year.

The couple stays at the Super 8 Motel on South Padre Island and regularly organizes activities for themselves and their fellow guests to enjoy. Mostly, the guests get together to play games, chipping in together for simple prizes. Reid came up with the idea to devote a portion of the money guests contribute for each activity towards a donation for the Boys and Girls Club of the Laguna Madre.

Her initial goal was modest — she hoped to get just $100. Soon, however, Super 8 franchise manager Billy Schrank heard about the idea and decided the hotel would match whatever donation could be raised.

Reid’s fellow guests were just as excited about the idea, too. Within two short weeks, the group had raised a total of $500.

On Friday, Feb. 5, the group piled into their vehicles and made the trek across the Causeway to present their donation in person to the staff and kids at the Club. Smiles lit up the faces of both donors and children alike, not least of all Leanne Reid, who joked around with some of the kids as everyone filed into the Club’s gymnasium.

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