Each May the King chapter of Kiwanis International holds a $10,000 cash giveaway as its primary fundraiser. This event allows the Kiwanis to support local organizations throughout the year.
A few weeks ago, the organization gave a $2,000 donation to East Stokes Outreach Ministry. Before that, the group gave $7,000 to Stokes County Schools for technology projects. The latest group to benefit from the organization is King Outreach Ministry. There are other groups who also receive support from the Kiwanis.
Member Tommy Branch explained that with a theme of “Serving the Children of the World,” the Kiwanis club focuses on helping children and organizations in need in Stokes County.
The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Little Italy in King around noon. Eddie Yates serves as the president. Anyone from the area can join the group. All people need to do is show up to a meeting to get started. Those who decide to join will pay quarterly dues.
At the end of November, the group donated $4,000 to King Outreach Ministry. Executive Director Mike Culler said, “It always helps when folks like the Kiwanis … give to help us help others.”
The winter heating season is an especially big time of need in the community, Culler pointed out. Last year from November through February, the outreach spent $43,000 buying heating fuel for residents in need. The outreach will not be able to maintain that level of service this year due to tight funds.
The director spoke about other programs at the outreach, noting that as of the end of October, KOM had already served almost 1,700 families this year. Many are in need of food and medicine. A frequent need at KOM is for people to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, razors and other personal hygiene items. Culler explained that many people do not think about those things.
Culler got choked up as he talked about helping feed kids who are hungry. He said to the Kiwanis, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“You’re doing a great job … I know you’ll make good use of (the funds),” Kiwanis member Roger Jones replied.
“I can see all kinds of possibilities right here,” said Culler as he held the check.
The club will be gearing up its fundraising efforts again in the new year so it can continue to support local agencies that help those in need.