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Golden Okay donates to youngsters's packages

BLOOMINGTON — A Twin City service organization has donated more than $21,000 to support children’s programs in the community.

Each year the Bloomington Golden K Kiwanis raises money in a variety of ways, including storefront collections, nut sales and other activities.

The money raised reached nearly 16,000 young people, primarily from low-income families, said the organization.

Organizations receiving major donations this year include:

Baby Fold, $1,500 to provide light tables, child educational tools and safety necessities used in home-based work with families; Boys & Girls Club, $1,200 for a culinary program that taught and enabled students to prepare healthy food in low-income homes; Camp Limberlost, $1,000 to support camp programs; Children’s Discovery Museum, $1,500 for supplies for science, technology, engineering, art and math programs in more than 20 locations.

Also, Children’s Home and Aid, $1,000 for outside play equipment; Children’s Miracle Network, $500 for the children’s hospital work and to eliminate/to reduce a major disease; Eliminate, $1,000 to Kiwanis International and Unicef program to help eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus; First Book, $1,500 provided new books for kids from primarily low-income families; Girl Scouts, $1,000 for camp scholarships.

Heartland Head Start, $1,500 for healthier food and education tools; Home Sweet Home Ministries, $1,000 for the purchase of car seats and strollers; Midwest Food Bank, $1,000 to provide food for weekend backpack program; Normal Community and Normal Community West high schools, $500 for Kiwanis Key Club activities.

Also, Neuroscience Research Foundation, $1,000 to Illinois/Eastern Iowa Kiwanis District for grants to top-level medical and scientific researchers specializing in spastic paralysis and other diseases of the central nervous system; Prairie Fire Theatre, $750 for a free elementary school opera tour in low-income schools; Salvation Army, $1,000 for nutritious food for low-income children in after-school program.

Also, Special Olympics, $1,000 for the annual games for developmentally disabled individuals; Western Avenue Community Center, $1,500 for gas for educational transportation and healthy snacks; YMCA, $1,500 for Strong Kids Campaign for underprivileged youth; and YWCA, $1,400 for activity and play equipment for preschool children.

Bloomington Golden K Kiwanis is a philanthropic club of men and women over the age of 55 who meet at 9 a.m. each Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington. 


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