The Anniston Kiwanis club is well known for its annual Pancake Breakfast that is held the first of March at the Anniston City Meeting Center. This past year the club raised over $40,000.00! The funds raised go to help children in Calhoun County. Our largest project is 'Back to School Shopping'. Started by Kiwanian Alvin Gibbs over 20 years ago it fills a need in our community. Young children are going to school without adequate clothing. Through no fault of their own these children should have the opportunity to attend school with the same new clothes as others. New clothing removes a barrier that may be embarrassing to them. It gives children the desire to attend school and promotes a positive environment for learning. Kiwanians want to make a difference in the lives of all children one child at a time.
This year on July 31, 2011 at 5:00pm Kiwanians and other volunteers will meet at the Oxford Martins along with an expected 120 children in foster care and take them thru the store to prepare for back to school. The kids come with a form filled out from their parents or guardians with clothes and shoe sizes. The volunteers shop one on one with the kids to make sure they are able to get the maximum amount of new clothing while staying within their budget. No parents or guardians are allowed in the store. Martin's is always very helpful in pulling off the event. They close their store early in order to get ready and provide generous savings on the items purchased. Members of the store staff are present to help with sizes. This year we will be spending a total of $16,000 on Back to School Shopping. With our savings we hope to provide over $180 in value per child. Last year we shopped for 94 kids with a budget of $15,000 and in 2009 we shopped for 107 kids with a budget of $12,000.
This event is the highlight of being a Kiwanian.
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