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Donations Pile In For First-Ever Kids Fest

Two truckloads of school supplies collected for CRS

The first year of what is expected to be an annual tradition, the Avon Lake Kiwanis Kids Fest drew more than 200 visitors to Weiss Field July 30.

Fair organizer Kyle Maurer estimated two truck loads of school supplies were donated to assist clients of Avon/Avon Lake and more than $150 in monetary donation.

"CRS will be filling backpacks this week," Maurer said. 

Maurer said with no advance presale tickets to guage attendance and with so many other events going on across the city on the same day, he had no idea what to expect.

"We were pleasantly surprised to entertain a steady stream of families throughout the three hour festival. As expected, the kids loved the activities we had planned, but even better than seeing the smiles on their faces was watching the boxes of donations stack higher and higher."

Maurer said he hopes the supplies gathered will stretch a long way to help out as many families as possible.

"What we know for sure is that a new Avon Lake summer tradition was born," he said.

Zach Arnold August 02, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Thank you Avon/Avon Lake residents for your support with this event! Thanks to you, many children in our communities will now be prepared with school supplies for this upcoming school year.
Susan Poole August 03, 2011 at 10:41 AM
On behalf of the families that we serve at CRS, a heartfelt thanks to the Avon Lake Kiwanis for supporting us through their inaugural Back to School KidsFest, and to the community members who so generously donated school supplies that day. We were overwhelmed by the number of supplies and monetary donations received, and appreciate all your help in sending our local kids back to school in August with the supplies that they need! Sincerely, Susan Poole, Executive Director, CRS

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