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Aktion Club members help children stay warm on chilly winter days

Alex Posada, Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria, California | Feb 05, 2020

Coats for CaliforniansWhile winters on the central coast of California are far from harsh, they can be chilly for young children trying to soak up knowledge. So the Aktion Club of Santa Maria decided to step in.

Thanks to a US$3,000 grant from Santa Maria Kiwanis for Kids Inc., the nonprofit arm of the Santa Maria Kiwanis Club, the 25 Aktion Club members were able to organize and fund a new-coat program for children at Robert Bruce Elementary School.

The need was great: School staff identified more than 120 students — from kindergartners through fifth graders — who arrived at school each day without a jacket.

Aktion Club members took to the internet and found the necessary supplies at a wholesale club, then worked with the Robert Bruce Mentor Program to organize the giveaway.

In mid-December, the young recipients not only received their new coats, but also coloring books and crayons, all provided by the Aktion Club. It wasn’t the first act of service by this club, which was established in 2001. Throughout the years, members have raised more than $200,000 to support community projects.

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