Lima Exchange Club donates money to local organizations to empower children


By Camri Nelson - cnelson@limanews.com



Lima Exchange Club President Mike Mullen presents Allen County Sheriff Deputy Mike White with a $1,000 check for the Allen County DARE program during a meeting Monday at Milano Cafe.

Lima Exchange Club President Mike Mullen presents Allen County Sheriff Deputy Mike White with a $1,000 check for the Allen County DARE program during a meeting Monday at Milano Cafe.


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.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped us send more kids to camp,” said Rally Point Youth Center Site Director Yvonne Jones. “Some kids have never left Lima so this will be an experience that they will never forget. We want to continue to do this and make different exchanges for them.”

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

“DARE is a positive thing in a kid’s life and i know from experience that we are making a big difference,” said Deputy Mike White. “On behalf of the kids in Allen County and from the bottom of my heart thank you so much for your support.”

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.

“We appreciate the donations that you guys have made as it will help fight childhood cancer,” said Garrett Searight with Childers Media Group.

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.

“We appreciate all of the work that everyone is doing because it really is a community effort to try to break some of these bandages that are happening,” said Brandi Schroeder, Samaritan House Executive Director.

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.

“There’s a lot of talent when it comes to boxing with these kids, but getting the kids up and out and getting the money needed is a different story, so I really appreciate this donation,” said Rettig.

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.

“We are looking for great support and Lima is a great community, said Kim Graham. “I believe that they are going to stand behind this initiatives and this will definitely help get us off on the right foot.”

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.

“The teddy bears will represent something that is theirs that nobody can take from them,” said Cyndi Scanland, Allen County Children Services Executive Director. “It’s something that they are in control of and they can make decisions about.”

Lima Exchange Club President Mike Mullen presents Allen County Sheriff Deputy Mike White with a $1,000 check for the Allen County DARE program during a meeting Monday at Milano Cafe.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/06/web1_Lima-Exchange-1.jpgLima Exchange Club President Mike Mullen presents Allen County Sheriff Deputy Mike White with a $1,000 check for the Allen County DARE program during a meeting Monday at Milano Cafe.

By Camri Nelson

cnelson@limanews.com

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews.

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews.

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