Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage approximately 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families, and projects. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.
Each year we sponsor the assembly and presentation of a Go Baby Go Car to a child with the help of Shriner’s Hospital in Oak Park. Here’s a video that explains a little bit about this project
A hospital experience can be overwhelming for an adult. Imagine what it is like for a sick or injured child. The child enters a strange environment of bright lights, strange noises, uncomfortable furniture, and lots of strangers. Someone takes away clothes and starts poking and prodding. The child has no sense of control. Through all this, the child hurts.
Here’s a way to help these children: the gift of a Kiwanis doll, which can serve many purposes.
Our club, in conjunction with a group of volunteers at Lexington Square of Lombard, produce over 1000 dolls per year that distributed through mission trips, Doctors without Borders trips, as well to local pediatricians.
In conjunction with the Lombard Fire Department, our club provides for free, small stuffed bears for the firefighters to distribute whenever they encounter children in a stressful situation. This could be at a car accident, a fire, or even a family dispute. Each year we set time aside to “dress” the bears with a t-shirt that has the name of our club.