Pancake festival a tasty way to help kids - The Robesonian

Pancake festival a tasty way to help kids - The Robesonian
Pancake festival a tasty way to help kids - The Robesonian

Do you love pancakes? Do you love the children of Robeson County?

You can support the local kids by bringing your appetite to the Bill Sapp Recreation Center on Friday and Saturday of next week. The 56th annual Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton Pancake Festival is an all-you-can-eat affair. For only $7, you can fill up on delicious breakfast items and catch up with friends over coffee. If you’re in a hurry, you can even get take-out plates. On Friday the festival lasts from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Contact any Kiwanis member for tickets.

Proceeds go directly to the Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton Children’s Foundation. You’ll be sure to see volunteers from the Key Club, Circle K, and Young Professionals Satellite Club helping at the festival. Attending the Pancake Festival is a very fulfilling — and tasty — way to support the youngest members of our community.

The Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton gives back to the community by donating funds to agencies and programs that directly benefit children, providing four scholarships to local high school graduates, and participating in service projects like Read Across Robeson and Book ‘Em N.C. We fund the Mac Starke Clothing Closet project. It provides a Walmart gift card to each public elementary school in the county to provide essential clothing to students in need. If school staff identifies a child who came to school without an adequate piece of clothing or perhaps had an accident, they would have the immediate means to help the child. We support Communities in Schools’ BackPack Pals program that combats student hunger over weekends and holidays. Our club has also been involved in disaster relief for both Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence.

In the last month, Kiwanis President-elect Mary Winfree secured more than $30,000 in grants and donations to purchase necessary supplies and food to help our families recover from Hurricane Florence. Working in partnership with the public schools, these supplies, and blankets that were made by local teens, were delivered to children and their families. Our extended Kiwanis family helped with these efforts — West Lumberton, Pembroke, Young Professionals, Charlotte Uptown, Lake Norman and the NY District of Kiwanis. These are just a few examples of how we give back to our local children. Our annual grant cycle is just getting underway. More details about how to apply for a grant will be released soon.

The current Kiwanis club is a result of the consolidation between the Kiwanis of Lumberton (1924) and the Kiwanis of Robeson (1979). The Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton was chartered in 2006. The club is a member of District 26, the Carolinas District and Kiwanis International. The purpose of Kiwanis is to “improve the quality of life in our community through service to children and families.”

Our club has served children in Robeson County for more 90 years. Kids need Kiwanis, and kids need you.

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Katie Fountain is the director of the Robeson County Public Library.

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