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The 2017 "Shoes For Kids" Project Report

             The Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project purpose is to provide new tennis shoes to any student in the Charlotte County Public School System which needs them to begin the new school year or throughout the academic year.   During the 2017 summer drive, we were able to meet our goal number of 5000 new pairs of schools for the start of the school year; we collected over 7,500 pairs of new sneakers.  As of this writing we have placed in excess of,  6,400 new pairs of sneakers during the 2017-18 academic year.


                  Throughout the academic year, we strive to continually meet the shoe needs of local school children.  We know this goal is only realized through the hope and faith of our community.  Thank you for considering this project.  In the first 13 years of the project, we have collected and distributed 65, 480 new pairs of sneakers.

            In case any one would ask, here are some facts about the first 13 years of the project:

  1. In 13 years 66, 180 new pairs of shoes have been given through this project at $ 15.00 per pair this amounts to over $992,700 in fundraising (YAHOO!)
  2. This school year the largest request was a girl’s size 1 and 3, followed closely by girl’s 1, 2 and 4 as well as boy’s 1 - 5
  3. We usually spend the majority of donation monies on sizes 4 - 14 boys/men’s and 4 - 11 girls/women’s
  4. The sizes we collect include: size 6 toddler - 15 men’s and size 6 toddler - 12 women’s
  5. We collect only new sneakers (tennis shoes) so that these same shoes can be worn for gym class
  6. Approximately 75% of the shoes are delivered to the Elementary Schools
  7. The Shoes for Kids Project began in full swing at Edison State College in 2005; in 2007 Sunrise Kiwanis of Port Charlotte became the major sponsor.
  8. We deliver to all the schools in the Charlotte County Public School System – Baker Pre-K, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, Charlotte Harbor Center, the Academy and Crossroads Hope Academy.
  9. During the 2016-17 academic year, we made deliveries of new shoes to the schools each month beginning in July.  Thus far during the 2017-2018 academic year we have made 1 delivery to all 21 schools/centers as well as a second delivery to 8 schools and even a third delivery to one school.

All monetary donations (100%) to the Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project go directly towards the purchase of new tennis shoes for local school children.  You are making an impactful difference in the lives of many youth in our community.

If you have any questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact me at: 941-769-0864 or christyksmith@embarqmail.com  or christine.smith@fsw.edu.    



       Christy Smith

For Immediate Release

September 19th, 2016

"Shoes for Kids" Annual Breakfast Announces Awards Winners

The Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis hosted the annual "Shoes for Kids" Awards Breakfast at it's regularly schedule Thursday morning (September 15th, 2016) meeting at the Cultural Center, Port Charlotte, FL. Awards, Guest Speakers and Special Recognition were on the Agenda - celebrating over 6,000 pairs of shoes distributed to Charlotte County school children!  Here is a list of Award Winners:

Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club

 Represents 100 pairs, $1,000 or a combination
About Hair Salon
Accurate Accounting
Riverwood BOA (Best Of Attitude) Circles 155 and 156
Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Deep Creek Community Church
Dorothy Aurora
Englewood United Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte
Fish Head Music
Foot and Ankle Center of Charlotte County
Kings Gate
Nancy Sharpless
Jim Morris Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Award: Nav-A-Gator
Port Charlotte Women of the Moose
Bayfront Health Medical Center Auxillary
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Charlie Scheu Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Award: Twin Isles Country Club
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
Wal-Mart Kings Highway
Waste Management of Charlotte County
iHeart Radio
Wini Bender and Ron Wegman
SUN Newspapers
Kays Ponger and Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services

Represents 50 pairs, $500 or a combination
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church
Charlotte County Property Appraiser’s Office
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Morris Realty
Dean’s South of the Border 
Ocean Partners Realty
Palm Automall
Peace River Veterinary Clinic
Donald Whitemarsh
Blue Heron Pines
Good Shepherd
H2U Fawcett Memorial Hospital
Holy Trinity Lutheran
Panther Hollow Dental Lodge
Port Charlotte Elks
Port Charlotte Men of the Moose
Port Charlotte United Methodist Church
Punta Gorda Kiwanis
Temple Shalom
Lexington Manor

Represents minimum of 25 pairs or $250
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
Charlotte County Utilities
Hope Lutheran Church
Just Counters and Other Stuff
Peace River Baptist
Ruth Ann Jones 

Guest Speakers
Principal Jody Poulakis, Peace River Elementary
Counselor Molly Toure, Peace River Elementary
Principal Tina Dionisio, Punta Gorda Middle
Nurse Christi Smith, East Elementary
Counselor Dale Dandy, Sallie Jones Elementary
Asst. Principal Sally Lutz, Port Charlotte Middle
Social Worker Sandi Currier, Port Charlotte Middle
Chantal Phillips and Renee Rebhan, Families First
Mary Crawford and Asst. Principal James Vernon, Deep Creek
Counselor Kristen Rigney, Vineland Elementary
Development Director Wendy Atkinson, AMI Crossroads
Principal Angie Tallon and Joanne McErlane, Neil Armstrong 
LEO Club President Annabel Harrison, Charlotte High

For Immediate Release

August 5th, 2016

"Shoes for Kids" Project Surpasses Goal

Report Submitted by Christy Smith, Founder, "Shoes for Kids" Project

It is with a thankful heart that I send this note to you!  Our goal was 5000 new pairs of sneakers for the 21 schools in our district......we collected (drum roll)..... 5673 pairs of sneakers.


Here are a few numbers (for numbers folks):


This summer we collected 5673 pairs of new sneakers (in cash and shoes)


This summer we averaged $10.54 per pair purchased (original retail $25 - $50)


This summer we had at least 80 different people working on this project


We have collected 56,973 pairs in 12 years



Here is what it means (in my view):



Together we are making a truly appreciative difference in the lives of children in the community in which we live and work.  The families of these children are so appreciative of what you are doing to help, let me describe a few:


The single father of 2 girls (elementary and middle) watched as I put carts and carts of sneakers on the belt at Wal-Mart; I told him who I was and that he could go before me because I would be awhile.  I began to explain the project to him ( I am always happy to talk about shoes :()) He stopped me in mid sentence and says "I know about the project, my daughters have received shoes for multiple years". I proceeded to say that I was glad we could help in a small way....He stopped me once again and said "Ma'am you are helping in a big way." ...Of course I thanked him for the kind words on your behalf and tried not to cry before I finished the transaction.


The mother whose deaf daughter was entering kindergarten at one of the local elementary  schools called and wanted to know how she could "get on the list" to receive shoes.  I talked a little about the process, gave her the school contact and asked if I could help in another manner.  The mother proceeded to tell me a little about her daughter and her apprehension about letting her daughter go to school, out of her watchful eye.  So I listened, let her talk and at the end of the conversation she knew about the shoe project and little more about the CCPS School System. A heart-warming conversation.


The grandmother I met while shopping told me her grandson, who she was raising, looked forward to picking out his own shoes each year. She was so thankful the project was in Charlotte County.


A store clerk told me that her son used to get shoes from the project, no longer qualified because he was out of elementary school and his foot was too big.  I smiled and asked how big??? She said a 12; I told her not to worry that we delivered through high school.  I also mentioned the largest size we had given to date was an 18, although if a larger size was ever needed we would find a way to get it. I actually have a 19 and 20 in storage :)


So now what about the kids that receive the shoes????  Have you seen them around town? Some are described below:



(1)          To the eighthgrade student at a local middle school, who walked on his heels to be ascomfortable as possible in his size 10 shoes, when he actually needed a size13, this project is a blessing.  After hewas given the opportunity to select a pair of properly fitting size 13 shoes,he exclaimed “This is my first new pair of shoes that are my very own”.  


(2) A military family moved intothe district; the father was an Afghanistan war veteran. He and his family had5 children at the elementary level; times were tough for this family as theywere trying to adjust to civilian life. They shared a home with another family while they were trying to get ontheir feet and thus were considered homeless. When they registered their children for the new school year, thecounselor told them about the shoe project; all 5 children were fitted for newshoes and the parents were overwhelmed!


(3) “Little Jimmy” came to thenurse’s office to get a new pair of shoes. His focus was on the ground and he didn’t want to make eye contact. Heasked the nurse quietly if she could help. She said most definitely, Yes!  He was taken to the shoe closet and allowedto pick out his own new pair. He was so happy that he looked up and made eyecontact with the nurse and quietly said “Thank You”.  Later that week the nurse saw “Little Jimmy”on campus; he was standing taller and smiling broadly and he exclaimed, “I lovemy new shoes”.


(4) A sixth grade student at alocal middle school was identified as needing new sneakers by one of the schoolpersonnel. His joy and exuberance for the new shoes was very evident.  From that day forward he took it upon himselfto help identify other students on campus with holes in their shoes, shoes withduct tape and shoes with toes sticking out. He was fondly known as the “shoe ambassador” as he worked with schoolpersonnel to help other students receive shoes as needed

For Immediate Release

July 27th, 2016

Port Charlotte Kiwanis Announces Golf Scramble Date

The Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis announced their annual Golf Scramble will be held at the Kingsway County Club, Lake Suzy, FL on October 8th, 2016. 

For Immediate Release

July 15th, 2016 

Bessie Conner-Switzer Gives Special Presentation on the PCHS Model UN Program

Special "Thanks" to Port Charlotte High School student, Bessie Conner-Switzer, for taking time to share with the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis details concerning the PCHS Model UN Program. Due to budget cuts, the PCHS Model UN Program is seeking financial donations to enable the PCHS Students to attend the upcoming conferences this year. If you, your business or organization would like to make a financial donation, please contact Port Charlotte High School. Photo L-R: Sunrise Kiwanis President, Donna Listenberger, Sunrise Kiwanis Member, Eric DeYoung, PCHS Model UN Participant, Bessie Conner-Switzer and Sunrise Kiwanis Member, Brandi L. Ball For More Information on the Model UN Programhttp://nmun.org/

For Immediate Release

August 27th, 2015

Christy Smith,  Founder, "Shoes for Kids" Project receives a check from Haley Rubins, Stone Crabs Baseball and Margaret Bogardis, Port Charlotte Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) for tickets sold for Faith Night! The Church Youth Group also collected over 100 pairs of shoes for the project!

For Immediate Release

May 14th, 2015

Cyndi & Kurt Mehl, Twin Isles Country Club, Punta Gorda, FL presentedChristy Smith, Founder and Director of the "Shoes for Kids" Project, a check for $6,875.00 from the "Shoes for Kids" Tennis Shoot Out! Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis would like to say "THANKS!" to all sponsors and tennis players - who made this outstanding contribution possible. Over 680 pairs of shoes will be purchased to help the Sunrise Kiwanis provide new tennis shoes for the children of Charlotte County!


Photo( L-R)  (L to R) Treasurer Craig DeYoung; Secretary Connie Thrasher; Immediate Past President Patty Kuhar; Florida District Chairman Bob Carpenter; President Steve Lineberry; President Elect Donna Listenberger; and Vice President Rachael Lowe.

September 27, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact Connie Thrasher 941-625-1858

Sunrise Kiwanis Holds Installation Banquet

   Officers were installed and awards were presented at the annual banquet held at the Kingsway Country Club that celebrated the end of another successful year for the Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise.

   The club year commences on October 1st with the following officers: President Steve Lineberry, President-elect Donna Listennberger, Vice President Rachael Lowe, Secretary Connie Thrasher and Treasurer Craig DeYoung. Patty Kuhar is immediate past president.

   Board members who will be serving are Eric DeYoung, Kelli Geddeis, Robert Koch, Dawn Marx, Paul Polk, Christy Smith, Gregg Tubbs and Matt Uebelacker.

      Christy Smith was named Kiwanian of the Year, Kelli Geddeis, Craig DeYoung and Connie Thrasher received President’s Awards and the Keystone Award was presented to Gregg Tubbs.

   Outgoing president Patty Kuhar was honored with a Walter Zeller Fellow, which results from a $1,250 gift to the Kiwanis International Foundation’s Eliminate project. This contribution will save or protect 625 women and their future babies from maternal/neonatal tetanus.

  The Sunrise Club is known for its Shoes for Kids project and this year collected over 5,500 pairs of shoes from a generous community.

   During this past club year the club supported Baker Center Head Start, Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Empty Bowls, Healthy Start Coalition, Charlotte Community Foundation, Salvation Army, Kiwanis Foundation of Charlotte County, Lung Cancer Research Council, C.A.R.E., Pregnancy Careline Center, HOPE Teen Parent Program, Virginia B. Andes Clinic, Team Punta Gorda-Paint Your Heart Out, Leadership Charlotte, Jr. Leadership Charlotte, Young Life, PCHS Project Graduation, CHS Football, Charlotte County EMS Child Car Seat Safety, Reading and Book Gifting to Neil Armstrong second grade class, Food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Peace River Elementary Transition Program Christmas, Florida District Foundation, Kiwanis International Foundation, ELIMINATE, Student Leadership Programs: Edison Collegiate High School Key Club, Builders Club at Charlotte Academy, K Kids at Neil Armstrong and Kingsway Elementary Schools.

   The Sunrise Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Elks Club on Kenilworth. 

July 14th, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Connie Thrasher, club secretary, 941-628-1858, thrasher3431@comcast.net


Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Donates $250.00 to the Charlotte County Car Seat Safety Program

The Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis presented a check for $250.00 to the Fire Chief Marianne Taylor and the Charlotte County Fire & EMS Department to fund 5 new car seats for the Car Seat Safety Program. A check for $250.00 was also donated by the Riverwood Ladies "BOA" Group.  Pictured L-R Charlotte County Fire Chief, Marianne Taylor, Patty Kuhar, President of Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis and Connie Thrasher, Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Club Secretary.  Thanks, Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis - you are making a difference for the Children of Charlotte County! 


May 29, 2014

For immediate release

Contact: Connie Thrasher, club secretary, 941-628-1858, thrasher3431@comcast.net

Zeller Award to Craig DeYoung

The prestigious Walter Zeller Fellowship (Zeller) was awarded to Craig DeYoung through the Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise by member Robert Talley who contributed $1,250 to the Eliminate Project.

The Eliminate Project is a partnership between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth. The goal of the Kiwanis family is to raise $110 million by the end of 2015 to help keep families whole in the poorest, most remote parts of the world. This Zeller gift will keep 690 women and their future babies safe from this deadly disease through immunizations and education.

DeYoung, president of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, has been a member of Kiwanis for over 30 years and serves as the his club’s treasurer. DeYoung’s son Eric, daughter Lauren Sutherland and granddaughters Lilah and Emma were on hand when he received the award.

The Zeller is named for Walter Zeller, who made the first gift to establish the Kiwanis International Foundation in 1940.

For information on this local Kiwanis club, visit www.pcsunrisekiwanis.org

Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Member, Christy Smith, Founder and Director of "Shoes for Kids" announces 2014 "Shoes for Kids" Details!


In just over a month, the Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project will be underway for the 10th straight year.

This year the project will begin June 22 and run through July 27. The Kiwanis Club is still collecting requests from local school personnel. It appears as if the goal number will be very close to 4,500 new pairs of sneakers, which was the target number last summer.

This spring, the project was fortunate to be the recipient of some early fundraisers. The first two fundraisers were musical events, one at the Happy Place in Punta Gorda and the other at the Nav-AGator in Lake Suzy.

Gary and Kerry teamed with Herb and Leslie Isley to perform at the popular restaurant in early April. Dennis and Nancy Kirk have graciously supported the Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project through an opening fundraiser for the past four years.

The third event in April was held at Twin Isles Country Club in the form of a tennis tournament called the Shoes for Kids Tennis Shootout. Jak Beardsworth and his team of volunteers organized and sought sponsorships for this fabulous fundraiser, which has also occurred for the last four years.
Without the work of these three groups we would not have been able to begin each of the last four years on such a good foot.

During the 2013-14 school year, this project delivered 5,873 new pairs of sneakers to students in the Charlotte County public school system. The majority of sneakers were given to the elementary level, approximately 75 percent, with the remaining delivered to middle and high schools.
This project is not accomplished in a vacuum; rather, it depends on the generous individuals who live and work in Charlotte County.

The Kiwanis Club very much appreciates the entire Charlotte County community as they have worked side by side in collecting donations and sneakers each school year for the past nine years. Countless families have received help from this project which provides a basic essential: shoes. Every student who receives these shoes are guaranteed that the shoes are brand new, never been worn and donated by a kind and generous person. What a great gift!

During the month of May and early June, the Kiwanis Club searches for collection sites for the upcoming drive. During the 2013 drive there were 54 collection sites throughout the Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Murdock and Englewood area.

These collection sites have the pleasure of promoting the project and collecting new sneakers for students in the Charlotte County school system, some of whom have never had their own new pair of sneakers.

If you or your organization is interested in serving as a collection site for this upcoming drive beginning June 22, please email christyksmith@ embarqmail.com or call 941-637-5611.


October 9th, 2013
For Immediate Release
RE: New Officers and Board Members Installed at Annual Banquet
For More Information: 941-626-0551

Pictured: Newly Installed 2013-2014 President - Patty Kuhar

Officers were installed and awards were presented at the annual banquet held at the Kingsway Country Club that celebrated the end of another successful year for the Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise.

The club year commences on October 1st with the following officers: President Patty Kuhar, President-elect Steve Lineberry, Vice President Donna Lichtenberger, Secretary Connie Thrasher and Treasurer Craig DeYoung. Robert Koch is immediate past president.

Steve Lineberry was named Kiwanin of the Year, Patty Kuhar received the President’s Award and the Keystone Award was presented to Christy Smith.

Board members who will be serving are Ava Talley, Kelli Giddies, Mark Kemeny, Paul Polk, Christy Smith, Gregg Tubbs, Matt Uebelacker and Ed Walsh.

The Sunrise Club is known for its Shoes for Kids project and this year collected over 5,100 pairs of shoes from a generous community.

During this past year the club supported Baker Center Head Start, Boys & Girls Club, Builders Club at the Charlotte Academy, Charlotte Chorale, Cultural Center, Do The Right Thing, Drug Free Charlotte, Empty Bowls, FL District Foundation, H.E.L.P., Healthy Start Coalition, Homeless Coalition, Honor the Troops, Jr. Leadership Charlotte, K Kids at Neil Armstrong and Kingsway elementary schools, Key Club at Edison Collegiate High, Kiwanis Foundation of Charlotte County, Kiwanis International Foundation and the Eliminate project, Military Heritage Museum, Neil Armstrong Kindergarten Science Table, Officer Wilson Fund, Peace River Rotary, Project Graduation, Pt. Charlotte Kiwanis Club, Punta Gordo Mural Society, Salvation Army, Shoes for Kids, Special Olympics, The Academy, TX-OK Backpacks for Disaster Relief, Virginia B Andes Community Clinic, Young Life, YMCA and more.

The Sunrise Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Elks Club on Kenilworth.

July 10th, 2013
For Immediate Release
RE: Peace River Medical Center Auxiliary Donates $1,000 to the "Shoes for Kids" Project
For More Information: 941-626-0551;  info@pcsunrisekiwanis.org

The Peace River Medical Center Auxiliary donated $1,000 to the "Shoes for Kids" Project sponsored by the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis. The Auxiliary has been a sponsor since the "Shoes for Kids" Project began 8 years ago!

Pictured (L-R) Martha Stralko, Helen Kramer, Ginnie Dembowski, Christy Smith, "Shoes for Kids" Project Founder
July 3rd, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Patty Kuhar - (941) 467-3045

Kingsway Country Club
Saturday, October 5, 2013

We invite you to join us at Kingsway Country Club on October 5, 2013, for the Sunrise Kiwanis Annual Golf Scramble to raise funds for Sunrise Kiwanis Club “Serving the Youth of Charlotte County.” The scramble will be a shotgun start at 8:30 am. You may sign up a team of four players or allow us to place you on a team. Sponsorship packages for hole advertising and more are available.

Sunrise Kiwanis is a local club of Kiwanis International, a global service organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Sunrise Kiwanis has served the children of Charlotte County since 1983, providing community involvement, projects and support, including our annual “Shoes For Kids” drive, which has provided over 33,000 pairs of shoes to Charlotte County school children since its inception in 2005.

Fun events at the scramble will include: longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole-in-one for a car! Sponsored by Desoto Ford, a great lunch provided by the folks at Kingsway Country Club is also included in the price of golf registration. The food and beverage cart will also make its way through the golf course during the scramble.

You may sign up for the golf scramble as a single for $75.00 or you may sign up a foursome for $300.00. For more information, please contact the Sunrise Kiwanis at (941) 627-1361. For those interested in sponsorship packages for businesses on the attached page, please contact (941) 467-3045 and ask for Patty Kuhar.

Kingsway Country Club
Saturday, October 5, 2013


• Banner and signage at event
• Sponsor acknowledgment in all event materials
• Hole sign on the golf course
• Sponsor acknowledgment in all event materials
• Hole sign on the golf course
• Hole sign on the golf course
• Sponsorship acknowledgment

• Valuable financial support of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club and support of children in your community
• Public recognition of your business or individual support
• The opportunity to provide information to potential cus-tomers of your products and services
• All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law
Please fill out the sponsorship form that accompanies this letter if you are interested in a sponsorship package

Kingsway Country Club
Saturday, October 5, 2013

Please make checks payable to: Sunrise Kiwanis
ATTN: Patty Kuhar 11800 SW Dallas Dr. S. Lake Suzy, Fl. 344269
Each person is $75.00 or a foursome can be registered for $300.00

Player 1 Name:__________________________________Phone:_______________
Player 2 Name:__________________________________Phone:_______________
Player 3 Name:__________________________________Phone:_______________
Player 4 Name:__________________________________Phone:_______________

Sponsorship Packages:
Business Name:__________________________________
Business Address:_________________________________
Business Phone:_______________

The business or individual named above would like to be a
( ) Platinum Sponsor ($300.00)
( ) Gold Sponsor ($125.00)
( ) Hole Sponsor ($75.00)

Please make checks payable to: Sunrise Kiwanis; Address: 11800 SW Dallas Dr. S Lake Suzy, Fl 34269


For Immediate Release
December 17th, 2012
Contact: Steve Lineberry

The new "Shoes for Kids" banner was unveiled at the 2012 Charlotte County Chamber Christmas parade. The 8' x 4' banner depicted the "Shoes for Kids" logo. Plans for the banner include parades, set-ups at "Shoes for Kids" donation locations and for use by the community, such as the Edison College "Octoberfish" Concerts.

"Shoes for Kids" is a program, sponsored by the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis, that provides tennis shoes for the school children of Charlotte County. Thousands of pairs of brand-new tennis shoes are donated during the "Shoes for Kids" Summer Campaign by Charlotte County residents.

These shoes are collected and distributed by Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis. The Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis, founded in 1983, has been "Serving the Children of Charlotte County" with a wide variety of projects and supporting financially the various Charlotte County groups who have the same goal.

For Immediate Release
November 30th, 2012
Contact: Steve Lineberry
941-626-0551; info@pcsunrisekiwanis.org

A "Convention" table-top display was unveiled at the "New Members Rally" on Thursday, November 29th, 2012! This display is a "table-top" display that is designed to show the activities and projects of the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis. Ideas for the display include set-ups in bank lobbies, at non-profit conferences or at a place of business. It's great way to spread the mission and work of the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis.


For Immediate Release
November 25th, 2012
Contact: Steve Lineberry
941-626-0551; info@pcsunrisekiwanis.org

The past weeks have been challenging for Kiwanis communities in the New Jersey, New York, New England, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Capital and Carolinas Districts. In addition to the massive floods and power outages, Hurricane Sandy is also credited with dumping three to five feet of snow on West Virginia.

This devastating storm frayed nerves, created gas station lines longer than a mile and added thousands to the homeless population. Our hearts break for those families still without power seeking shelter and warmth, and for the children whose health and safety have clearly been placed at risk.

Kiwanis International will vigorously pursue the following actions to assist. 

To help rebuild and demonstrate our solidarity with members of our Kiwanis network of clubs, we are designating November 27 as “Kiwanis Giving Tuesday.” In the United States, this day follows what is called Black Friday and Cyber Monday, among the busiest shopping days all year.

Here are several ways to participate in "Kiwanis Giving Tuesday::

1. Consider purchasing one extra gift card on your next shopping trip to a major home improvement, department or drug store selling household goods, toys or clothing, and send it to the address below. These cards will be personally acknowledged and will be provided to Kiwanis-family members during the gift-giving holiday season who have lost their homes and property and need financial assistance to acquire bare necessities. Kiwanis Giving Tuesday c/o Fordham University Administration Bldg. 111 441 East Fordham Road Bronx, NY 10458, USA

2. Go to the Kiwanis International Foundation website and make a donation of any
amount or send a check designated for “Kiwanis Giving Tuesday/Disaster Relief” to the Kiwanis International Foundation, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268,USA.

District governors and their district's leaders in the affected areas will help Kiwanis
International identify the needs of Kiwanis family members who have suffered severe losses.

Finally, let's not forget to honor at the appropriate time all the heroes and first responders,
especially individual Kiwanians who put themselves at risk to rescue children, provide
temporary housing and responded so rapidly to the emergency needs of their community with their equipment, supplies and boots on the ground.


For Immediate Release
November 18th, 2012
Contact: Steve Lineberry
941-626-0551; info@pcsunrisekiwanis.org

Sunrise Kiwanis is now accepting payment for "Shoes for Kids" with PayPal! Making a donation to "Shoes for Kids" online is easy, safe and secure! Simply click on the PayPal "Donate Button" and follow the easy steps to purchase tennis shoes for "Shoes for Kids." There are two ways to make a donation with PayPal. If you have a PayPal account or by using a major credit card.

The PayPal "Shopping Cart" is set up for the viewer to "purchase" a pair or pairs of tennis shoes for the Children of Charlotte County. It is now possible to "purchase" a brand-new pair of tennis shoes for either Grade School/Middle School children or High School students.

Once a purchase has been made, a "Thank You" message and receipt is e-mailed. While "Shoes for Kids" still accepts checks, the PayPal process provides an additional way to "purchase" tennis shoes for the Children of Charlotte County.


For Immediate Release
November 8th, 2012
For More Information: Steve Lineberry, Sunrise Kiwanis Member
941-626-0551; info@pcsunrisekiwanis.org
Sunrise Kiwanis Donates Funds to Assist with a Special Request from Neil Armstrong Elementary School, Port Charlotte, FL 
Working with DonorsChoose.org, Sunrise Kiwanis donated funds (along with a matching grant from the National Education Association) to assist with a special request from Neil Armstrong Elementary School Teacher, Mrs. Coomer, to provide a Sand/Table for her classroom.

Here's how the program worked - From the "How It Works" page on How It Works - DonorChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and one can give any amount to the project that most inspires them. When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. Photos of the project are taken and a letter is emailed from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.

"Thank-You" email from Mrs. Coomer -

"Dear Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis and the NEA Foundation, We are so very excited to have you fund our "Hands on Science" center. This will give my students, and many more to come, the opportunity to freely explore materials and stimulate the love I have for science in my classroom.

Science is one of my favorite subjects and I enjoy seeing the excitement when children have opportunities to do experiments over and over. This center will allow them to do just that without the need to worry about messes.

We are so very grateful to all who contributed to this and I will look forward to sharing photos and the student excitement in the near future. Thank you once again.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Coomer


For Immediate Release
October 12th, 2012

Ava Adam-Talley "Eliminate Project" District Representative Receives Award

(L-R) Christy Smith, Port Charlotte Sunrise Club Secretary and Lt. Governor District 18th - Ava Adams-Talley, Port Charlotte Sunrise member and "Eliminate Project" Representative for District 18S and District 18N

Ava Adams-Talley, Port Charlotte Sunrise member and "Eliminate Project" Representative for District 18S and District 18N received a special award for recognition of outstanding service from Connie Thrasher, Sunrise Kiwanis Club Secretary and Lt. Governor - District 18South. The Club donated $250.00 in Ava's name for her outstanding work on the "Eliminate Project!"

Ava is passionate about the "Eliminate Project" and is active in sharing the "Eliminate Project" of Kiwanis International and its goal of eliminating maternal-neonatal tetanus throughout the world.

It is a privilege to have Ava as a member of the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis as she works diligently for Kiwanis International and the "Eliminate Project".

For Immediate Release
October 12th, 2012
Christy Smith Receives Prestigious Walter Zeller Award

(L-R) Ava Adams-Talley, District Representative - Kiwanis International"The Eliminate Project" , Christy Smith, Award Winner, Past President Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis 2011-2012

Christy Smith, Past President (2011-2012) and "Shoes for Kids" Founder and Chairperson received the Walter Zeller Award for a $1250.00 contribution to the "Eliminate Project" from District "Eliminate Project" Representative, Ava Adams-Talley.

Under Christy's leadership, Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis also made a total contribution of $535.00 to the Kiwanis International "Eliminate Project."

From the "Eliminate Project" website: With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.

For Immediate Release
September 19th, 2012
Connie Thrasher, Key Club Advisor
Email: Connie Thrasher

Port Charlotte Sunrise and Key Club International had an interclub at the "Meals of Hope" at the Key Club Kick-off Conference.

Representing Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis were Mellisa Ginn and her daughter Serena, Donna and Paul Listenberger, Jeanne and Rick Roland, Connie Thrasher., Club Secretary and Lt. Governor, D18S.

Over 35,000 meals were packed by approx. 150 Keys Clubbers and a dozen Kiwanians and friends.

Representing the Florida Kiwanis District was Key Club Governor Sam Kerce.

More Information? Meals of Hope Official Website


For Immediate Release
August 30th, 2012
Connie Thrasher - Key Club Advisor
Email: Connie Thrasher
Lt. Governor, District 18S 

Key Club International members from Southwest Florida will hold a "Meals of Hope" campaign at their "Kick-Off Conference on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at Pine View School, 1 Python Path, Osprey, FL. 1pm - 3pm.

Their goal is to package 60,000 meals. The meals include Macaroni and Cheese and Beans and Rice.

The Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Board announced a donation of $100.00 to the Key Club Kiwanis "Kick-Off Conference" "Meals of Hope" campaign. This donation will supply over 500 meals for the "Meals of Hope" campaign.

Need more information? Want to help? Please contact: Connie Thrasher 941.625.1858 or via email Connie Thrasher

“There is a silent epidemic happening within our country today, and although the reality can be overwhelming, Meals of Hope and its partners are making definite strides in combating hunger and food insecurity here at home,” says executive director Stephen Popper.

The organization got its start in 2007 when a family friend asked for Popper’s help shipping food to a poor school in Haiti. Although there was no doubt about this worthwhile endeavor, Popper felt strongly that there was also a need for such efforts closer to home.

So his attention turned to making nutritious meals available within the local communities of Southwest Florida. With the first Food Packing Event taking place in August of that year, Popper and a team of volunteers from a local high school packed 135,000 meals. The feeling was indescribable.

After realizing the positive impact that his Food Packing Events were having in Southwest Florida, Popper decided to take the successful formula to other communities. From Florida, Georgia and North Carolina to Ohio, Illinois and Michigan; Meals of Hope has helped feed millions of people.

Meals that Provide Nutrition and Comfort

Meals of Hope food packages, which are distributed by its accredited food bank partners, offer more than nutrition. To a child who is dealing with the stress and insecurity of not knowing how or when they will receive their next meal, a comforting bowl of Macaroni and Cheese or Beans and Rice (both fortified with soy protein and 21 vitamins and minerals), provides a bit of hope to carry them through another day.

All meals that are packed by sponsors and volunteers are provided to recipients free of charge through well-established food banks throughout the United States.

Need More Information? Click Here for Meals of Hope website

For Immediate Release
August 18th, 2012
Christy Smith
Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis President 
"Shoes for Kids" Chairperson

Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project surpasses its goal!
In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Charlotte County, WE surpassed our immediate goal of 4300 new pairs of sneakers. What an outstanding accomplishment for our community! Hearts and hands bonded together to help the children in our community lace up a brand new pair of sneakers by the first week of classes.
Do you ever wonder if your neighbors know you or even more compelling do they care if you are okay? I believe the compassion and sincerity of helping those in need is alive and well in Charlotte County. On a recent shoe purchase I was discussing the good will of this project with another individual at the store. She indicated that she had lost the faith that kind and caring individuals were still around. As we continued our discussion, another individual walked up and handed us a monetary donation towards the purchase of the sneakers.
I turned back to the first individual, smiled and said “keep the faith”; for it is in fact alive and well here in Charlotte County.
Thank you Charlotte County for all of your support; you are truly making a difference in the lives of the children in our community. As always, we will continue to collect donations throughout the year to fulfill the need of properly fitted footwear for children in the Charlotte County public School System.

Christy Smith and Sunrise Kiwanis

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