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2013 Farmington Kiwanis Club supply drive for “A Friend’s Place” 

A Friend’s Place is a shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic and/or sexual violence operated by the Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council. Most of the time, these women and children come to the shelter with just the clothes on their back.

We challenge our community partner drop-off locations to fill the box with items desperately needed by the shelter. Each box has a list of much needed things to help these women and children live a more comfortable life while staying at the shelter.

Each drop-off location will be entered in a drawing for either a 15-minute interview at our 2013 Radio Day or a hole sponsorship at the 2014 Mark Griggs Memorial Kiwanis Golf Tournament. After we collect the boxes, the Kiwanis Club of Farmington will draw the two winners at a meeting.

We need commitments from drop locations by Friday, July 13th. Boxes will be dropped off by August 8, 2013 and picked up the week of September 4th, 2013. We ask that you help us promote the drive to your customers and employees.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these women and children!

Samples of needed items include: Dish detergent, laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, cleaning supplies, bleach, trash bags, spray disinfectants, bath soap, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant.

A Friend’s Place provides:

• Residential services to more than 300 women and children each year

• Answers nearly 100 crisis calls monthly

• Facilitates weekly support groups for women and children

• Provides case management/outreach services to more than 100 families per year

• Provides over 5,000 bed-nights of shelter annually

• Provides violence prevention education to our community

To be a drop location or for more information, please contact Amanda Farrell (573) 366-8301, Janet Douglas (573) 756-8911 or Kraig Sutherland (573) 756-4547

Friends Helping Friends  August 2011

From the Daily Journal August 23rd, 2011
"Farmington Kiwanis Club members participate in a Friends Helping Friends supplies drive earlier this month. Kiwanians collected personal care items, cleaning supplies, back-to-school items, and gently used clothing for the local women's shelter for women and children who experience domestic violence and abuse.

The Kiwanis appreciates everyone who contributed to the effort and the local businesses who served as drop-off locations. "

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Farmington Kiwanis BUG third graders  May 2011

From the Daily Journal June 29th, 2011
"The Farmington Kiwanis Club with the help of the High School Key Club, began to “BUG” Jefferson, Roosevelt and Washington-Franklin third graders at the start of the school year. Their efforts were so successful, that during the May 25th honors ceremonies at the three schools, 262 third graders were recognized for their academic success and participation in the Kiwanis Bring Up Grades (BUG) program. Each student was presented with a special BUG T-shirt at the ceremony.

This is the first time the local Kiwanis Club sponsored the program that focuses on developing good study habits and motivating students to elevate their grades throughout the school year. With support from the school administration, the commitment of the third grade teachers and Mrs. Kim Amsdsen, the BUG program had an extremely successful year. For more information about the BUG program, visit www.

Generous financial support for the BUG T-shirts was provided by First Bank, Krekeler Jewelers, Seth Pegram, Attorney at Law, First State Financial Management, Audiology & Hearing Center of Farmington, Belgrade State Bank & Wise Grounds Coffee Shop, Raymond James Financial Services, Citizens Chiropractic Center, First State Community Bank, Mineral Area College, Ozarks Federal Savings & Loan, and Famiglias’. Two hundred seventy-five BUG shirts will be seen around the community in the coming weeks, worn by proud students. When you see one, take a moment to congratulate the third graders for their accomplishments.

The local Kiwanis meet each Wednesday at noon at Pasta House in Farmington. Anyone interested in joining Kiwanis or learning more about this service club, is welcome to attend a meeting. Visit the Farmington Kiwanis website at "

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