It Takes a Village

The Feed to Achieve program, headed up by Deborah Arnwine, has gotten a lot of help from our younger volunteers and some of their parents. K-kids have taken on the responsibility of helping JCCM pack food bags since the program started.

What is K-kids? K-kids is the youngest branch of Kiwanis focusing on service. This club, made up of elementary age youth, help the community in a wide variety of ways. When young members participate, they show how much they care about people in the community. It’s their way of making a difference.

Here’s just some of the service projects the K-Kids have done this school year:

  • Made comfort pillows for cancer patients and orphaned shelter pets
  • Made non-slip socks for cancer patients and planted flowers to decorate patients’ rooms
  • Made cookies for all the police, fire, and rescue teams in town for Christmas
  • Learned to sign “Silent Night” and marched in the Charles Town Christmas parade
  • Did a drive to donate wrapping supplies to Toys for Tots
  • Made cards for the Meals on Wheels participants, a nursing home, and the senior center for Thanksgiving
  • Built birdhouses to hang in the new park
  • Participated in the “Kalming Kritters” reading program
  • Organized a food drive and donated over 60lbs of food to Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM)

Christi Bently’s daughter Brooklynn and son Dylan are just two of the participants in K-Kids program. Brooklyn says she loves going to help pack lunches because she would never want a kid to be hungry. Dylan loves helping the K-kids and has been named the “big brother.” He says that he enjoyed seeing how creative the meals were and was surprised at how good snacks looked. They both wish we had more food so they could pack more food lunches for other kids in the county.

Thanks to the K-Kids, their parents, the teachers involved, including Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Payne, and everyone else who helps the neighbors of Jefferson County.

This is the first of a series of postings to introduce you to some of the friends, neighbors, volunteers, and clients that make JCCM and Jefferson County the special place that it is. Stay tuned!