POINT PLEASANT — The Kiwanis Club held its first Pointsgiving event on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Community Park. The event, from 1 to 3 p.m., included several nonprofit organizations and volunteer opportunities for the attendees.
The Kiwanis Club, alongside other nonprofit organizations, had projects set up for volunteers to participate in. The public was able to donate clothing and books, prepare bagged lunches for the homeless, pack toiletry kits and, with the holidays approaching, paint ornaments for nursing homes.
This was the club’s first Pointsgiving event. Kristen Fischer, Secretary of Kiwanis, said, “We knew when we had the idea for this project that Point Pleasant was the community for it because the people are so giving. Our club is a little different because we love to see the children volunteer. The highlight for us is watching our children volunteer and making a difference. There is something very special about giving back as a family.”
The Kiwanis Club is a family-friendly community service club based at the Jersey Shore. Kiwanis is a worldwide community service organization with more than 8,300 clubs across the globe. The Kiwanis Club is the parent organization to the Key Club, an international service club for high school students. The K-Family includes Aktion clubs [for adults with disabilities], Circle K [for college students], Builder’s Club [for middle school students] and K-Kids [for elementary school students]. All the community service clubs are centered on helping children. Clubs with students are known as “service leadership programs.” The organization welcomes all ages.
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