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Grant feature: Supplying confidence

Sep 07, 2017

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Food or school supplies? Many low-income families face that decision every year. The Kiwanis Club of Faribault, Minnesota, makes sure parents in their community aren’t forced to choose. In a town where 25 percent of public-school students need assistance, your gift makes a big impact.

The Faribault club’s Supply Our Children program helps children arrive on the first day of school carrying a backpack filled with the required school supplies. And thanks to Kiwanians’ leadership, various community partners have worked together since 2005 to coordinate collection and distribution of school supplies. The school system’s social workers even help ensure the program reaches all children in need.

“We help them arrive on the first day with pride and confidence. That’s an indescribably positive way for children to begin a new year," says Kristin Hoysler, club board member.

Today, backpack-filling is a community event in Faribault. And more kids get backpacks—because gifts like yours helped the Kiwanis Children’s Fund provide a grant to Faribault Kiwanians.