- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—REIDSVILLE — Kiwanis President Bruce Citty presented a $500 check to Joye Donovant, volunteer chairperson of the Reidsville YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program, on July 23. Donovant spoke to the club about the program, which serves needy children in elementary schools in the Reidsville area.

Aproximately 800 to 900 youth have been served in Bright Beginnings since its started eight years ago. A YMCA bus takes the children and their adult volunteer helpers to Wal-Mart each summer to shop for bookbags, school supplies and clothing, with each child allowed to spend up to $100.

Each child has their own shopping cart and for them it may be better than Christmas. Donovant works with school guidance counselors to determine the most needy children and then interviews the parents, grandparents or guardians.

She told the club that the program aims to help the children feel better about themselves as they start back to school. Following the shopping spree, the children come back to the YMCA and write “thank you” notes to the people and organizations that have helped with Bright Beginnings. The Kiwanis Club meets each Thursday at noon at the Golden Corral.

Kiwanian Harold Jennings received the prestigious George F. Hixson Fellowship Award from Kiwanis President Bruce Citty at the July 23 meeting of Reidsville Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis International Foundation established the award in 1983, named after the Kiwanis International’s first president. It is presented to donors who give $1,000 or more toward worthy projects, in this case, Jennings supported the Kiwanis International goal to eliminate neo-natal tetanus in the world. Jennings also reflexs all that is good about Kiwanis in the many projects in which is participates locally.

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