The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa on Aug. 14 sponsored a shopping trip for two dozen members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area. All the children attend one of the club's two branches in Costa Mesa.
Before boarding a bus to travel from the Boys & Girls Club to Target, the children received backpacks full of school supplies. Each child had a shopping buddy to help him or her. The buddies are members of Kiwanis-sponsored student service leadership clubs: Circle K Club of Orange Coast College and the Key Clubs of Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools. Kiwanians were available to help with fitting and selecting appropriate clothing. After the shopping trip, all participants returned to the Boys & Girls Club for a picnic, also organized by Kiwanis. After an hour of games run by student leaders, a barbecue lunch was served.
"I wanted to thank you and all the people involved in making Kelly's Closet happen this past Saturday," Steve Lampron, director of the Boys & Girls Club Westside branch, wrote afterward. "The smiles on the kids faces was something special, like Christmas morning when kids open presents! We at the Club could not be more appreciative of what Kiwanis did for our kids and families. It will be a day we long remember. Again thanks!"
According to project director Jeff Dimsdale, a student committee including Kelly Ho, Shelby Paisley and John Nam of Orange Coast Circle K, Amy To and Justine Alonzo of Costa Mesa Key Club, and Gurjot Kaur of Estancia Key Club planned the day and led a team of more than 25 students who came to help the children.
Dimsdale said that "it is our hope to be able to find funding to continue this project in upcoming years."
Donations for this project can be made to the Costa Mesa Kiwanis Foundation, PO Box 1667, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Donations are tax deductible
Funding for this project, the first Kelly's Closet, was provided through grants from C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian's Department of Community Medicine, and the Costa Mesa Community Foundation.
Marine Corps car wash
On Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., bring your car and support young Marines and their families as they work to raise funds for their November Marine Birthday Ball, which costs each Marine $80 and is required. The venue is the parking lot behind the bank on the corner of Westcliff and Dover drives, next to The Arches, Dan Marcheano's great restaurant. There will be food, bagpipers, and moments to show your genuine one-on-one support for our brave and young men and women. The cost for a car wash is a donation. Come on out, meet the Marines and show them your support.
Thought for the day
"Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life."
— Jean Paul Richter
Service club meetings this week
You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week to learn more about opportunities for service. Most clubs will buy your first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.
7:30 a.m.: The 10-member Newport Harbor Kiwanis Club meets at Denny's Restaurant, 290 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
Noon: The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, to hear a talk by Rita Tezak.
5:15 p.m.: The 10-member Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Ramada Inn & Suites, 1680 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Visit http://www.costamesarotary.org.
6 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Visit http://www.newportbalboa.org
7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa.
Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach-Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Visit http://www.newportbeachkiwanis.org.
Noon: The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club to hear speaker G. Pat Macha discuss "Finding Aircraft Wrecks." For more information visit http://www.nhexchange.org.
Noon: The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, UC Irvine. Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org
Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club. 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. http://www.costamesakiwanis.org
7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, to hear craft talks by members Tammy McKennon and Joe Bailey. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.
COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Wednesdays. Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.