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Kiwanis Club of Middletown, area children help Caitlin’s Smiles

Posted 4/10/18

The Kiwanis Club of Middletown helped put smiles on the faces of children in December and January.

December’s service projects included three Santa Claus/Christmas holiday events at which …

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Kiwanis Club of Middletown, area children help Caitlin’s Smiles

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The Kiwanis Club of Middletown helped put smiles on the faces of children in December and January.

December’s service projects included three Santa Claus/Christmas holiday events at which Kiwanians gave books to children who attended.

These events were held at the Lower Swatara Fire Department put on by the auxiliary, Royalton Borough by REMA and the Chambers Hill Fire Company by fire company volunteers.

Children age 6 and older were asked to color preprinted “smiles” cards developed by a member of the Kiwanis Club. When the finished cards were turned in, the children were able to select a book to take home.

Younger children were given the Kiwanis Club’s homemade Young Children Priority One coloring books.

When they showed their coloring book to a Kiwanian, they were able to choose a book. Parents of children younger than age 6 were also able to take home one of three Early Learning Guides provided free  by the Kiwanis Club of Middletown and the Pennsylvania District Kiwanis Foundation.

A box of 200 colored “smiles” cards completed at these events, along with cards colored by the members of the Middletown Area High School Key Club were delivered to the Caitlin’s Smiles office to be distributed to hospitals and specialty pediatric clinics across the region.

Harrisburg-based Caitlin’s Smiles is a program that helps children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

January’s club service project was collecting used CDs, purchasing materials and assembling CD Wall Hanging Crafts Kits with instructions.

During the month, members of the club invested 167 hours to complete and deliver a total of 650 CD craft kits and 25 small journals and sticker books to the Caitlin’s Smiles office for distribution. The club also donated $50 worth of activity/coloring books along with other craft items to Caitlin’s Smiles.