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Kiwanis hosting soup buffet, auction

In an effort to save the lives of mothers and babies, the Jamestown Kiwanis Club is hosting a soup buffet and live auction.

The event raises money for Kiwanis International's Eliminate Project. Eliminate seeks to vaccinate mothers and babies against maternal and neonatal tetanus. The disease kills nearly 60,000 babies as well as mothers each year. Newborns who acquire the disease suffer repeated painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light. A mother's comforting touch, many times, is too painful for the afflicted.

If a mother receives a series of three tetanus vaccines, she can prevent the disease in herself as well as pass on the immunities to her children. The cost for the vaccines is $1.80.

"The difference between life and death is the change in the bottom of our pockets," said Eliminate Co-Chair Sharon Caine. "How can we, in good conscience, say no to these children?"

The auction is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Lodge, 8358 31st St. SE, with a social at 5:30 p.m. and free dinner at 6 p.m. Kiwanis members, as well as local businesses, are providing the dinner as well as donating the auction items.

"In addition to saving lives, we're hoping to have fun," said Eliminate Co-Chair Katie Ryan-Anderson. "Find fellowship, find bargains, save lives."

For more information, email JamestownKiwa or call 251-8888.