LIMA — In an effort to promote children welfare the Lima Exchange Club donated a total of $7,500 to six Allen County organizations and it’s new Hug A Bear program during a meeting Thursday at Milano Cafe.
After successfully raising money through two major fundraisers, the Exchange Club Board of Directors approved $1,000 each to be donated to six organizations and $1,500 for Hug A Bear.
The Rally Point Youth Center, a ministry outreach for Youth for Christ, will be utilizing the funds for its middle school summer camp in Michigan. During the camp twelve students will get to experience horseback riding, canoeing, zip-lining, mountain climbing and more.
Allen County DARE, an organization that raise awareness about drugs and substance abuse for school age children in Allen County, plans to devote the money towards its various programs were students gain knowledge about topics such as alcohol, making good decisions and peer pressure
In honor of Lima Exchange Member Bill Gossard, the Lima Exchange Club has decided to donate $1,000 towards St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, the same medical center where his son had received treatment for leukemia.
The Samaritan House, which provides shelter for women with children in need, plans to utilize the funds towards providing even more housing for those in need.
Lonnie Rettig, coach at Southside Spartan Gym, a boxing gym, plans to use the money towards funding more children to work out in his gym to become an alternative to breaking the law.
Founders Kim and Katina Graham will utilize the donation for its Heart and Sole program, which will provides shoes to students in Allen County who cannot afford them.
Hug A Bear, a new joint program between the Lima Exchange Club and with Allen County Children Services, will provide teddy bears to young children are placed into the foster care system.
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