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.