The spirit of the season

Give so kids can play. Give so kids can eat. Give so kids can be kids. Whatever your inspiration, give the most important gift of all this holiday season. After all, kids need Kiwanis because Kiwanians change kids’ lives. The Kiwanis Children's Fund helps make it possible.

As you consider your giving options during the holiday season, remember the impact you make today through the Children’s Fund. And the change you can make tomorrow through The Eliminate Project.

Join in the spirit of the season—and extend your impact. Make your gift by December 31.

A child's life changed

At the Kiwanis Children's Fund, we know what your gift can do. We’ve seen it—in the lives of children, in the development of leaders and in the worldwide impact of the Kiwanis family.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Kiwanis Children's Fund helped Kiwanians change kids’ lives in more than 14 districts around the world during the 2015–16 year. Our grants supported programs close to Kiwanians’ hearts, in ways that clubs couldn’t have afforded on their own.

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As recently as 2014, more than 600 students in Mendocino County, California were homeless. Today the Ukiah Kiwanis Club is helping to nourish them through the Snack Pack Club—a program supported by a grant from the Kiwanis Children's Fund. Homeless students receive a two-day supply of nutritious, non-perishable food for the weekend. As a result of donors’ generosity, the club has served more than 5,000 meals to students in need.

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In Georgia, an initiative called Graduate Marietta is preparing students in Marietta City Schools for college and careers. The Marietta Kiwanis Club is helping to fulfill that mission—and bridge the digital divide. In 2012, the club established a program to provide laptops and home internet connections to high school juniors who lacked regular access to technology. Thanks to generous donors, the Kiwanis Children's Fund awarded a grant that allowed the club to extend this program to more students in 2015.

A family kept whole

What if your holiday gift could save a life? It can when you give to The Eliminate Project. Your gift will help protect women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

We have made great progress. In 2015 alone, eight countries conducted tetanus immunization activities reaching 7.8 million women. And these women will give birth to babies who are protected against tetanus, keeping their families whole. But our job is not done yet.

Mothers and babies are depending on us. They’re waiting for us to fulfill our pledges—so we can turn promises into funding; funding into vaccines; and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected.

It’s time to turn our commitment into impact. Let's finish the fight.

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In Sierra Leone, Maumie (above) had already suffered through three of her children’s deaths. Her baby boy, James, showed signs of tetanus at birth. Fortunately, he didn’t have the disease—and he and his mother got a happy ending. So did Sierra Leone. Thanks to ongoing health care and education, Sierra Leone was able to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2011. And thanks to Kiwanians like you, additional countries like Sierra Leone have been declared MNT-free. Maumie and millions of other women will now be spared the ultimate grief, cherishing the smiles and laughter of their daughters and sons instead. It’s the bond that every mother and child deserves—and the connection we need to protect. For all the families in the 19 countries where tetanus remains a threat, let’s eliminate this disease from the face of the earth.