The Kiwanis Club of Arkansas City gave back to the local community in a big way this week.
The social club gave $1,000 each to three local nonprofit organizations — Angels in the Attic, Family Life Services (FLS) and Manna Ministries.
Club members delivered the checks to each organization on Tuesday.
“Our goal is to support the youth of Ark City and we try to give to places that will help the youth out,” said club president Albert Bacastow.
This year marked the first time the Kiwanis Club has donated funds to FLS or Manna Ministries.
Each of these nonprofits provides valuable services to Arkansas City residents in need of help.
The Kiwanis mission is to change the world — one child, one community at a time.
Angels in the Attic
The first stop Kiwanis made was at Angels in the Attic, where club members were greeted by Angels in the Attic staff and board member Jill Hunter.
Angels in the Attic, located at 109 S. Summit St., is a homegrown nonprofit that has been operating in Arkansas City since 2015.
Its services include everything from pantry needs to clothing and help with navigating the many tools that can help families during hard times.
“You have no idea what this means. This came in, just … perfect timing,” said Angels in the Attic case worker Ivy Beals. “Thank you so much.”
Beals indicated the money would be applied toward making sure school supplies needs are met next summer.
Family Life Services
The club then proceeded south for its donation to Family Life Services, located at 305 S. Summit St.
This organization is a faith-based center that assists individuals experiencing unplanned pregnancies and provides counseling to many others.
FLS Director Tim Durham and his staff provide “mommy” classes. Upon successful completion of the class, expectant mothers are able to receive much-needed free supplies for their little ones.
FLS also works closely with the district court system to work through family issues.
“We appreciate you guys,” Durham said. “We’ll put it to good use. Let us know if you would like us to come and give a report some time.”
The last stop Tuesday was at Manna Ministries, a program offered through First Baptist Church, located at 220 E. Central Ave.
This program provides food and consumables for individuals and families on a monthly basis.
Just this month, Manna Ministries was able to provide food for 225 families, totaling 504 people.
While Manna Ministries provides services to people of all ages, it also provides some items that only are for children, such as diapers and wet wipes.
“We do hats and mittens at Christmastime, just for the kids,” said Lisa Longshore. “I’ll keep a running total (of what we do) for your consideration next year.”