WILMINGTON — Recipients of the Orion Aktion Club’s two service projects this week will be patients at the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center and children in medical waiting rooms.
The Wilmington Kiwanis Club sponsors the local Aktion Club which is the only Aktion Club in the Dayton region, said Wilmington Kiwanis member Kim Hiatt. Aktion Clubs are service clubs for adults with disabilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of service-oriented people from the community, serves as an Aktion Club’s sponsor.
On Thursday at the Wilmington Presbyterian Church, local Aktion Club members put together 50 Valentine gift packets that contain candy, a story of encouragement and information about Kiwanis Clubs. These pink packets will be distributed by cancer center staff to patients there.
Similarly, club members assembled activity kits meant to occupy kids as they wait at doctors’ offices or at the hospital.
It wasn’t all work in the church fellowship room. With Wilmington Kiwanis member Keith Gerritz serving as game host, Aktion Club members enjoyed playing Bingo and winning prizes when their numbers formed a row.
Among the Orion Aktion Club’s other projects during the year are watering the flowers in hanging baskets in downtown Wilmington, cleaning up the bike path, collecting canned goods for Your Father’s Kitchen, and recently they collected items to provide to soldiers.
The Wilmington Kiwanis Club focuses its service efforts on children and youth, said Hiatt.
“We’re a small group but do mighty things,” she added.
They welcome new members, especially people interested in assisting the younger set. The club meets twice a month when it has a catered lunch. For more information, contact Hiatt at 937-987-2724.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.