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BLOOMINGTON — A Twin City service organization has donated nearly $21,000 to support a variety of children's programs in McLean County.

Each year, the Bloomington Golden K Kiwanis raises money in various ways, including storefront donations, nut sales and other activities.

The money raised, said the organization, reaches more than 23,000 young people, primarily from low-income families. 

Organizations receiving major donations this year include:

Baby Fold — $1,500 to provide child educational tools plus safety necessities for low-income families; Boys & Girls Club — $1,200 for a culinary program that taught and enabled students to prepare healthy food in low-income homes; Camp LiMberlost — $1,000 to support camp programs. 

Children’s Discovery Museum — $1,500 to support supplies for science, technology, engineering, art and math programs in more than 20 locations; Children’s Home and Aid — $1,000 funding for a development screening tool and nursery furniture; Children’s Miracle Network — $500 to support the children’s hospital work and to eliminate/reduce a major disease. 

First Book — $1,000 to give new books for kids from primarily low-income families; Girl Scouts — $750 camp scholarship money for nearly 20 girls;  Heartland Head Start — $1,000 for oral health care for low-income children; Home Sweet Home Missions — $771 for safety materials to be used in the playground area. 

Midwest Food Bank — $1,000 to provide food for a weekend backpack program to kids in need; Prairie Fire Theatre — $750 to support a free elementary school opera tour in low-income schools; Salvation Army — $1,000 for healthy food for low-income children participating in their after-school program; Special Olympics — $1,000 for the annual games for developmentally disabled individuals. 

Western Avenue Community Center — $1,000 for nutritious food used in after-school programs; YMCA — $1,500 to the Strong Kids Campaign for underprivileged youth; YWCA — $1,200 to purchase activity and play equipment for low-income preschool kids.  

Any children’s program interested in being considered for a grant during the new fiscal year should contact Jim Williams, Youth Services committee chair, at jimwillms@earthlink.net for an application. 

Bloomington Golden K Kiwanis is a philanthropic club of men and women over the age of 55 who meet at 9 a.m. each Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Anyone interested in joining can contact Roger Stevenson, Golden K Kiwanis president, at mstgcov72@gmail.com.

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