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Making sandwiches . . . and a big impact

The Fountain Hills, Ariz., Noon Kiwanis Aktion Club has become a sandwich-making machine. Affiliated with Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), the club has been making bag lunches for people in need at least twice per month for the last few months. 

The beneficiaries of their service have been families staying at Ronald McDonald House and homeless teens staying with Tumbleweed in Phoenix. The club has also been making regular trips to Extended Hands Food Bank in Fountain Hills. 

Families at the Ronald McDonald House have children who are in the hospital for surgeries or other serious medical procedures, such as chemotherapy treatments for cancer. They typically need meals “on the go,” so bag lunches are wonderful things to have while they visit their loved ones in the hospital. Aktion Club advisor Charlie Fox has been scheduling and coordinating the projects. The Aktion Club has regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and periodic outings for service projects. The first Tuesday of each month has most often been dedicated to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and adding juice boxes, cookies, chips and other goodies into the brown bags. Fox then delivers the lunch bags to the Ronald McDonald House or Tumbleweed.

The last Friday of the month has been devoted to small groups going to Extended Hands Food Bank to help sort food, cross out bar codes and other needed activities.

STARS has grown to appreciate Aktion Club and the ways it has helped participants think about community service and its extraordinary impact on fellow members of the community. “This has been a tremendous year for our Aktion Club,” says Fox.“We’re proud of all the hard work they perform for others.”

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