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Kiwanis donates 100 items to Shoebox Project

Jamestown Kiwanis Club members donated 100 gifts to the regional Shoebox Project. Gifts included socks, mittens, stuffed animals, toys and toothbrushes. Volunteers from Ave Maria Village helped assemble all the gifts into 27 shoeboxes. The gifts ...

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Jamestown Kiwanis Club members donated 100 gifts to the regional Shoebox Project. Pictured, front, from left, are Alissa Hanson, Katie Ryan-Anderson, Teri Nauta, Deb Clark, Joyce Bentz, DeLette Winkelman, Sharon Caine, Don Bentz and Jason Gruebele; and back, from left, Tim Perkins, Tim Burchill, Searle Swedlund, Sandy Wilhelm, Jan Barnes, Amanda Thrift, Norman Winkelman, Janna Bergstedt and Don Caine.

Jamestown Kiwanis Club members donated 100 gifts to the regional Shoebox Project.
Gifts included socks, mittens, stuffed animals, toys and toothbrushes. Volunteers from Ave Maria Village helped assemble all the gifts into 27 shoeboxes. The gifts will benefit Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota during Christmas. Kiwanis clubs from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota participated in the project.
The 100-item collections are done in celebration of Kiwanis’ 100th birthday. Collections throughout the year included canned goods, personal hygiene items, Pancake Day tickets, ice cream bars for kids at Camp Rokiwan, games, toys, school supplies and hats and mittens.
President-elect Amanda Thrift led the Nov. 30 meeting that was attended by 30 members and three guests at the Quality Inn & Suites. Don Caine led group singing and was accompanied by Sharon Caine. Mark Morabith collected “Happy Dollars” for the Salvation Army.
Sandy Franke introduced her son, Jay Franke, as the day’s speaker. Jay Franke served in the U.S. Navy for four years. After boot camp in Illinois, he attended culinary and submarine school. He was stationed at Norfolk, Va., which is the world’s largest naval base.
Franke said he spent a lot of time on submarines traveling the world with highlights of circling the North Pole and crossing the equator. The longest time underwater was 85 days, which happened to be over Christmas.
Franke said he chose the Navy, and more specifically submarines, because he wanted to be different. He was honorably discharged in September and moved back to Jamestown with plans to pursue his college education.
“I was home for Thanksgiving for the first time in four years, which I was thankful for,” Franke said. “But what I’m especially thankful for are the guys that are still out there serving our country and making sacrifices every single day.”
The program on Monday will center around Christmas music.
The 50 members of Jamestown Kiwanis meet at noon each Monday at the Quality Inn & Suites. They welcome new members to join the club whose mission is to improve the world one child and one community at a time.
For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/JamestownKiwanis , email JamestownKiwanis@gmail.com , or call Amanda Thrift at 253-3124.

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