Cape Coral Kiwanis & WIC
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Lee County Health Department
WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services.
As part of a month long celebration on the benefits of breastfeeding, WIC on Pondella Rd held an educational seminar for expectant mothers. One of the key speakers was a representative from the Dept of Labor (no pun intended!). He informed the ladies of their right to have a safe and private area to express while at work. Cape Coral Kiwanis was one of 3 vendors to table the event. Our volunteers offered wrapped infant outfits to each of the 35 mothers-to-be. We were happy and honored to be a part of such a celebration. Per the WIC coordinator, Cape Coral Kiwanis brightened up the event! We look forward to increasing our participation in next year’s event.
The outfits for this event were provided by our 2 Cape Coral Thrift Stores. The Items were checked by our volunteers in the stores and then cleaned and wrapped by our Youth Services Committee. This was another example of our Cape Coral Kiwanis Club in action and partnership.
This is the Cape Coral Kiwanis’ first trip for this school year to one of (9) Title 1 schools in area to deliver clothing and educational toys as designated by the Principals or Guidance Counselors. This is the ALC (Alternative Learning Center) on Santa Barbara North in Cape Coral.
Many children in our area do not attend school regularly due to lack of clothing. Donna Moore, member of Cape Coral Kiwanis gets sizes and types of pants and shirts needed from one of our Thrift Stores, launders and she and Mike Cerbone, General Manager of the South Thrift Store delivers to the schools.
This project is called School Dayz started last year after the need was identified to help keep kids in school. Mike and Donna have done a superb job in supplying the need from the Kiwanis Thrift Stores.
The Cape Coral Kiwanis Club presented a $3,000 check to the Honor Guard from the Harney Point VFW Post 8463 during the August 20th meeting and buffet dinner. The unit provides an honor guard and blows taps at veterans’ funerals throughout the area. Due to budgetary cutbacks, active duty military are not always available to provide this honor. All branches of the service are represented in the Honor Guard with the exception of the Coast Guard. Military service of its members includes WW II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The photograph is of members of the Honor Guard from the Harney Point VFW Post 8463 who were present at the August 20th Cape Coral Kiwanis Club meeting. Front Row from left to right: Diane Reiser (member of the Honor Guard and Head of their Ladies Auxiliary), Bob Day, Ron Higgins, Allen Closson (Post Chaplain), Arnie Suominen (Past Commander), and Anthony Alfano. Back row: Rex Clark, Mick Sheldrake and Randy Ecles. Also present at the dinner meeting were Honor Guard members George Donnelly, Joe Digregorio who is a US Army veteran of the WW II Battle of the Bulge, and Randy Eckel.
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