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Area Kiwanis clubs come together for 'Peanut Day'

You can help a child when the local Kiwanis clubs in Sycamore and DeKalb solicit your “Peanut Day” contribution Sept. 25-26. Volunteers from the DeKalb Kiwanis Club, Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club and the Sycamore Kiwanis Club will be out on street corners and at store fronts throughout the community on both days handing out bags of peanuts and soliciting community donations. Money raised by the local Kiwanis clubs is used to support local projects and services that benefit children.

Locally, the DeKalb Kiwanis Club is a strong supporter of reading programs for children. Each Wednesday morning, a member of the club reads to young children at the Growing Place and the Children’s Learning Center. The club spends hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars every year purchasing the books which are read to the children and then donated to their libraries.

Showing children the merits of service in the community is strongly supported with the sponsorship of service leadership clubs in the DeKalb school system. DeKalb Kiwanis sponsors K-Kids at Tyler and Lincoln elementary schools, Builders Club at Clinton Rosette Middle School and Key Club at DeKalb High School. These clubs give youth the opportunities to develop leadership skills and provide service to their community.

The three Kiwanis clubs in DeKalb and Sycamore co-sponsor the Action Club of Opportunity House in Sycamore. This club provides an outlet for adults with challenging disabilities to give back into the community with their service to others.

DeKalb Kiwanis Club provides support through funding, labor and energy too many local needs and organizations including Community Coordinated Child Care, Voluntary Action Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, Kishwaukee Education Consortium, and the purchase and distribution of clothing and toys to needy children at Christmas time. At DeKalb Kiwanis Park, which is the hub of soccer activity in DeKalb, a shelter house was erected by the club a few years ago.

Globally, Kiwanis clubs are located in more than 90 countries. Kiwanis International has issued a call for proposals for a new worldwide service project having finished a successful partnership with UNICEF in helping to eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders in third world countries.

“The consequences of IDD can be life-shattering,” according to Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “An iodine deficient diet can lead to severely impaired mental development and can rob a child of promise and potential. However, the prevention of IDD is accomplished with a simple and effective weapon: iodized salt. The collaboration between Kiwanis and UNICEF in promoting and facilitating salt iodization all over the world has yielded remarkable results.

“The proportion of the world of the world population consuming adequately iodized salt climbed from less than 20 percent in 1990 to 70 percent one decade later.”

Members of the DeKalb Kiwanis Club proudly contributed to this world changing program with contributions exceeding $25,000 over a 10-year period. Per capita, this level of giving placed DeKalb Kiwanis Club as one of the top 100 contributing clubs in the world.

Look for volunteers from your local Kiwanis Club on Sept. 25-26 and make a donation. Your small contribution can help a child in a big way.

The local Kiwanis clubs in DeKalb and Sycamore are community service organizations dedicated to the betterment of our communities. If you are interested in learning more about Kiwanis or want to provide comment or action, please contact one of the clubs.

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