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11/19/14
Arbor Acres Residents Help Stuff Dolls for Children's Hospital

Members of the Kiwanis Golden K Club, which meets at Arbor Acres Retirement Community, have now stuffed and donated 1000 therapy dolls to Brenner Children’s Hospital. Several Arbor Acres residents are members of the club which has been stuffing and then donating the dolls to the hospital since 2009. This year nearly a dozen Arbor Acres residents and friends spent several days stuffing the dolls.  The most recent donation brought the total number of dolls stuffed and donated since 2009 to over 1000.  


The dolls are used to comfort children as well as to aid medical providers in explaining complex medical procedures to their young patients. Arbor Acres resident and Kiwanis Club member Cliff Perkins said, “the seniors in this group just want to do things for others. This is a great project. I feel like we are making a difference during what can be a tough time for these kids. That is what this is all about.”


Gladys Poindexter, a former Arbor Acres resident who passed away in 2013, started the campaign. Over the years, while most dolls have gone to the children’s hospital, some have been sent to Haiti as part of a Kiwanis International project. This year Kiwanis members Mary Lois Leith, Izoria Gordon, Frances Vazquez, Cliff Perkins, Wade MacManus, Sue Northcraft, Don Watts, and Bob Blevins helped with stuffing the dolls.


According to the Kiwanis website, Kiwanis clubs are located in 80 nations and help their communities in countless ways. Each community's needs are different -  so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. According to Kiwanis leadership, when you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things can happen.