By Paula Neuman
Ten Riverview families in need with 17 children among them are warmer this winter thanks to the city’s Kiwanis Club.
Early in November, club members took the families to J.C. Penney’s to shop for winter clothes. Each child had $100 to spend, and the store offere a discount that made the money go a long way.
The families met at the school bus garage in Riverview, and boarded the Woodhaven Kiwanis Club’s bus — donated for the venture — to get a ride to the store and back.
“We have a good time on the bus meeting the families, and they do show their appreciation for what do for them,” said Andrew Swift, a Board of Directors member with the club and also mayor of the city. “We turn them loose in the store, and check them out all at the same time. Penney’s gives us such a big discount that the kids and parents have to keep going back to get more. It’s pretty fun.”
The club calls the program, which is annual, Coats for Kids, although all sorts of winter clothes are purchased, he said.