Turnout for Kiwanis best ever

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2007

To the editor

Franklin Kiwanis Club was thrilled to see how many people turned out for our fund-raiser dinner at Fred’s Restaurant on July 17. This was our most successful one ever, and we really appreciate the support you — the public — have given us at all our fund-raisers.

Let us tell you a few things we do with the money raised: We work with our Builder’s Club at Southampton Middle School, and our Key Club at Southampton High School, involving around 54 young people. Along with other clubs in the Hampton Roads area, we recently purchased a specialized ambulance for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. This year we are helping outfit the ambulance with whatever is needed to care for a child with a medical need. Along with the same clubs, we purchased a canteen for the Salvation Army, to enable them to easier feed people in case of an emergency. We continue to sponsor a child overseas who has to walk four miles each way to attend school.

We give trophies and gift certificates to the top readers of each grade at S.P. Morton School. We give a scholarship each year to a local senior, we help support trauma units for children in hospitals in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. We sponsored 36 to 40 young people from the local area to a day of fishing at James River Fishing pier, donated to the Franklin and Boykins Food Bank, and numerous donations to Kiwanis International to better serve children.

This is just a sample of the things we do, and all of this would not be possible without your support.

Nancy McCormick, president

Franklin Kiwanis Club