New member finds hope in Kiwanis

Dec 24, 2011

The following post was written by Jeffrey Knox, a new Kiwanis member.  His story inspired us so we wanted to share it.

By: Jeffrey Knox

My journey with Kiwanis has been a very unusual one, but I’m glad to have traveled down this path.

My story begins in May of 2007.  I was a single 28-year-old software developer when a drunk driver left me in a five-week coma.  As a result of my injuries I had almost all of my memories repressed.  That means I had to relearn how to walk, how to talk, who my parents were and how to live in this modern American society.  That’s not the sad part though. While recovering from my injuries, many of the people I thought were my friends deserted me. These experiences left a very sour taste in my mouth. I was left wondering, “Is the whole world this bad?  Are my folks and I are the last pocket of sanity?”

Because of the accident, I also lost most of my software-development skills, and therefore I was searching for a new career.  After trying out a few different majors, my folks suggested I look into early childhood-development education.  It was great, but I quickly recognized the importance of hands-on experience in my studies.  Soon I began volunteering in my church’s children’s ministry and found that I really enjoyed giving my time to help children. My passion to serve children was growing!  However, helping out only a few hours every couple of weeks wasn’t enough.

Man with DogI went on a search to find groups comprised of people my age who exist to benefit children, and that was how I found the Greenville-Main Street, South Carolina, Kiwanis Club. All of the members in this young professionals club were 25 to 35 years old. People my age who care about the welfare of others. "I’ll be darned!  All right!”  It didn’t take me long to know I wanted to join.

As I begin to get to know my fellow Kiwanis volunteers, I’m learning an important lesson.  My folks and I are not the last pocket of sanity in the world. In the weeks since I joined, I have learned a lot about how decent human beings can be. And it makes sense: If I want to meet good kind souls, where better to look than Kiwanis, a group that does volunteer work with children?


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