Cuivre River Trust

The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust recently awarded a $4,000 Operation Round Up grant to the Wright City Kiwanis Club. From left to right, Kiwanis Club members Tom Lafferty, Rich Lagemann, Mary Groeper and Sue Wright.

When a six-year-old girl visited the Sports Closet, the Kiwanis Club of Wright City’s newest project, some pink softball shoes caught her eye. So did a matching helmet.

Her brother, meanwhile, didn’t leave empty-handed. He left dribbling a soccer ball and basketball.

This family is just one of many the Kiwanis Club hopes benefits from the Sports Closet, opened to provide free athletic equipment to low-income families in the Wright City area.

“We’re not asking for anything in return,” Kiwanis Club member Rich Lagemann said.

The Sports Closet, described as “a food pantry for sports equipment,” is a mini sporting goods store located at 100 W. N. Second St. The organization was awarded a $4,000 Operation Round Up grant to be used to purchase new equipment and fill gaps in sizes and equipment that has already been donated.

For more information about the Sports Closet, including scheduling a donation drop-off or to make a monetary donation, contact Lagemann at (636) 235-2086 or Kiwanis member Sue Wright at (314) 920-9139.

Grant funds are donated by Cuivre River Electric members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. The funds, administered by a seven-member volunteer board, are available to help individuals, families and organizations.

For more information contact Tim Schmidt, Operation Round Up coordinator, at or (636) 695-4837..

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 65,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties.