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Contributed photoFrom left are Kiwanis members Cristin Dwyer, Charlene Saul and Helene Modlich with the many backpacks for the annual outreach at the H.E.L.P. House.
Contributed photoFrom left are Kiwanis members Cristin Dwyer, Charlene Saul and Helene Modlich with the many backpacks for the annual outreach at the H.E.L.P. House.
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The London Kiwanis Club recently donated school supplies to a local charity organization in preparation of the start of the 2014-15 school year.


A team of Kiwanis members delivered 144 backpacks filled to the brim with pencils, glue, crayons, and additional supplies for students entering kindergarten through fourth grades.


The backpacks were distributed on Saturday, Aug. 16 from the H.E.L.P. House Community Outreach.


“Members of the London Kiwanis organization want to make sure that all London-area students, especially those whose families are struggling to make ends meet, return to school feeling prepared and confident this school year,” a spokesperson said.


Amanda Alcott, Cristin Dwyer, Regina Gill, Helene Modlich, Beth Rodabaugh, Charlene Saul and Rita Fitch headed up the project and spent hours shopping for school supplies and backpacks, and then several more hours filling the backpacks.


“This is a wonderful and worthwhile cause and we’re glad to do it,” said Cristin Dwyer. “As an elementary teacher, I know that every year there are a significant number of families that can’t afford to purchase all of the supplies that their children need for school.”


This is the fourth year that London Kiwanis members have partnered with the H.E.L.P. House to provide school supplies for the community’s school-age children in need. Last year, Kiwanis members and volunteers from the H.E.L.P. House provided more than 400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade with backpacks, school supplies, and back-to-school clothing.


To date, London Kiwanis has donated more than 400 filled backpacks for the annual outreach.


“The Kiwanis support our mission to ensure that all children have the basic necessities to start the school year off right and with their dignity and self-esteem intact,” said Dee Heilman, Director of the H.E.L.P. House. “We feel greatly blessed by the generosity of Kiwanis members as well as their commitment to help individuals and families in need.”


For more information about the H.E.L.P. House’s community outreach events, contact the H.E.L.P. House at (740) 852-1980 or helphouse@hotmail.com.

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