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Kiwanis International Board makes a difference in one Indianapolis community

Apr 29, 2010
The children’s faces said it all.

“The looks of delight on the people’s faces were incredible,” said Trustee John Button. “The smiles on the children’s faces were worth everything. I don’t even mind dishpan hands for that!”

On Saturday, April 24, Kiwanis International Board members, joining Kiwanis family members and staff, participated in a service project, providing, preparing and serving breakfast to Hawthorne Community Center clients and operating a free store for families to receive clothing, shoes and other necessities. The Hawthorne Community Center serves the near westside of Indianapolis.

“It’s a really great opportunity when Kiwanians have a chance to help children and families,” said Kiwanis International President Paul Palazzolo. “Today, the Kiwanis International Board was an example of how Kiwanis puts service first.”

More than 180 people came to the breakfast and free store. Many received needed clothes, shoes, underwear, socks and personal hygiene items. All children received at least one book. Kiwanis International Board members and Kiwanis staff donated all items for the free store.

The Kiwanis International Board was in Indianapolis for a quarterly board meeting.

“This is what Kiwanis is all about,” said Trustee Pam Fleming. “For me, the service project was the best part of the trip. There’s always a time and place to serve.”
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