Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley distributes 200 stuffed animals to local charities

The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley poses for a photo with the 200 stuffed animals they donated to local charities. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley was proud to distribute 200 stuffed animals to four local charitable organizations Thursday morning, Dec. 14, at Wellness and More, which is located at 25377 Madison Avenue in Murrieta.

According to Kiwanis president Tom Teagle, Greg Kind, the immediate past president, was made aware that the PetSmart store on Temecula Parkway in Temecula had several hundred stuffed animals available to any organization who could distribute them to charitable organizations within the community.

“Greg found out about these stuffed animals from the Murrieta Mesa High School teacher, Mr. Halikas, who is their Key Club adviser,” Teagle said. “Greg subsequently contacted the PetSmart store manager, Brian Mensing, and let him know that our Kiwanis Club has contacts with several local charities that would like to give these stuffed animals to those in need during the upcoming holiday season.

“Mr. Mensing was kind enough to donate 200 of them to us for distribution through our contacts, and we are truly grateful for this generous, timely donation,” Teagle said.

Another Kiwanis member Brandy Baez-Colon is the site manager at the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County. She coordinated with three other organizations – the Rose Again Foundation, the Community Outreach Ministry and the Grandfathers Motorcycle Club – to be recipients along with the Boys and Girls Club to help distribute the stuffed animals to families they serve.

The Kiwanis Club thanks those involved at their monthly meeting.

“We want to thank Jennifer Hernandez, owner of Wellness and More, for hosting our presentation of the stuffed animals to these great organizations at her place of business today,” Teagle said and introduced representatives from these organizations to the others in attendance, including Mona Davies, co-founder of the Community Outreach Ministry; Rhonda Franks, CEO of Rose Again Foundation and Sam Smith, founder of the Grandfathers Motorcycle Club.

“We are so grateful that the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley was selected to distribute these stuffed animals,” Teagle said. “This is just one of the numerous ways that our club serves our community, and we are always happy to partner with other community service organizations to better serve those in need.”

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley is focused on serving the needs of their community with emphasis on children.

For information about the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley, visit their website at www.kiwanistv.org or call Lynn Effinger at (951) 514-5699.

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