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• The Armed Services YMCA Kids Care Club Twentynine Palms (ASYMCA KCC) recently received a letter and certificate from George W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, and Points of Light Institute CEO Michelle Nunn for being the Daily Point of Light honoree to receive the Point of Light Award.

This award recognizes individuals and groups creating meaningful changes in communities across America and honors the volunteer efforts that demonstrate the power of service to create tangible change in their communities.

ASYMCA KCC is an afterschool program for second through sixth grade children that meet at Condor and Twentynine Palms elementary schools in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The mission of ASYMCA KCC is to develop the spirit of compassion and volunteerism in children in second to sixth grade. The objective is to teach social responsibility, compassion and the power to make a difference, and promote values of compassion in the home and in the community and preserve the philanthropic spirit.

ASYMCA KCC Kids started with a project for Loma Linda University Medical Children’s Hospital where they made 24 place mats that were delivered to the children receiving inpatient treatment. Joanna DeLeon said it best when she wrote the children the following, “On behalf of a precious patient who got to forget about medical procedures for a few hours and remember what it’s like just to be a kid, thank you for partnering with Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital through your donation of 24 handmade place mats. Your giving provides hope, healing and wholeness to the children in our community.”

The ASYMCA KCC Kids ended their school year by being the host and hostess and waiters and waitresses to more than 200 participants who joined them for the ASYMCA KCC Annual Spaghetti Dinner. For many of the Kids, this was the first time for them to serve not only their family members, but also their friends and neighbors.

Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or email