Kiwanis aid fills Kids Closets

Published 8:47 am Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sometimes it’s a pair of socks. Sometimes it’s underwear.

There are times children in the Austin Public Schools are in need of basics.

For the second consecutive year, that’s where the Early Risers Kiwanis Club comes in.

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The club, in partnership with  Austin’s Faith Evangelical Free Church, recently gave $500 donations to six school district sites to fund the Kiwanis Kids Closets.

Receiving funds are Banfield, Neveln, Southgate and Sumner elementary schools as well as the Woodson Kindergarten and Community Learning Centers.

“From the standpoint of Kiwanis, this is one of our signature donation efforts here in the community,” said Mark Nibaur, president of the Early Risers Club. “We saw a need here in the community and as we worked with the school district, we found out that it’s a great opportunity for us to get involved with a very important need.”

The Early Risers Club works in conjunction with Austin’s Faith Evangelical Free Church to make the annual donations, which fund the Kiwanis Kids Closets at each site.

The church matched the funds raised by the Kiwanis, Nibaur said.

The Kiwanis Kids Closet are stocked with basic necessities including underwear, socks and sweatpants. When a teacher, paraprofessional or staff member observes a child is without one of these items, that person can request an item from the closet which then will be discreetly given to the child.

This is the program’s second year.

“Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time,” the organization’s website says.

The Early Risers Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m.Wednesday at the Eagles Club.