The Gold Country Kiwanis helps to put smiles on the faces of young people in so many ways. Each year, one of our primary programs is a back-to-school shopping day for needy kids on the first Monday in August.
Kiwanis partners with Kmart to make this a success. We escort more than 50 kids as they select clothes to start school. The store staff assists with sizes and selections.
Many of us are aware that some families here struggle for various reasons, but how often do we consider the impact on the children? Kiwanis not only donates a fully equipped backpack for each of these children, we make sure they have warm jackets and pajamas, nice school clothes and shoes. Occasionally, we must pre-purchase a pair of shoes so the child may enter the store and shop for other needs.
Nothing compares to seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they pick out a cool sweatshirt or stylish skirt — just knowing that they will be dressed like the other kids in class makes them happy.
How can you help? Please join us from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Grass Valley South Yuba Club, our partner for this fundraiser. Come for spinning, Tai Chi, Silver Sneakers, Qigong and Zumba. Enjoy the refreshments and camaraderie. There is a small registration fee of $15, and we encourage each person to gather sponsors.
If you don’t want to exercise but feel moved to support the kids’ shopping day, donations are gratefully accepted at P.O. Box 721, Grass Valley CA 95945.
Our first 2014 fundraiser honors Cynthia and Sophia Peterlin, a mother and daughter who died in a tragic accident.
For more information about the Gold Country Kiwanis or the specific class schedule at the event, contact Dena Yates at 530-272-5649.
Jan Westmore is a member of the Gold Country Kiwanis.