Donations sought for needy children

The Kiwanis Club of Douglas County, one of Douglas County’s leading service organizations, will be sponsoring the 15th annual “Kid’s Blue Light Christmas Special”.   Since Kmart is no longer located in Douglasville, the event will be held at WalMart off Highway 5.  Because of the association of “Blue Light” with Kmart stores, the event will also have a new name Kids Christmas Special.  This Christmas holiday project enables local NEEDY children the opportunity to go on a “shopping spree”, accompanied by an officer from the Douglasville Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or a local community leader.  Last year’s project was a tremendous success thanks to the generous response received from the community.  Sixty-eight (68) needy children were selected for last year’s project.  Since this project began in 1998, almost 1000 needy children have been served.

This year’s goal is to provide Christmas for up to 100 children.  The faculty from local elementary schools will select the children participating in this project.  On  December 20, each child will be afforded $100 to spend at the WalMart off Highway 5 in Douglasville.  A Douglasville Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy or local community leader and Kiwanis volunteers will use guidance provided by the child’s family in helping the child select his/her presents.

The public is encouraged to help by sponsoring one or more children, and thus empowering us to serve as many under-privileged youth as possible.  The cost for a sponsorship is only $100 per child.

We hope that the public will once again pour out its generosity by financially supporting this worthwhile project.  Not only will it bring joy to needy children in our community, but probably more importantly, it will also go a long way toward building a solid foundation for the future of law enforcement-community relations.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a child should mail your contribution to the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 69, Douglasville, GA 30133 or contact Jim Wilson at 404-376-0287.  The Kiwanis Club of Douglas County is a 501(c) 3 and totally tax deductable.  One-hundred percent (100%) of every contribution is used for this project.

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