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Another successful shopping spree – Kiwanis Club of Brea

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    The following article was written by Charlie Phillips, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Brea. Charlie elaborates on the gratifying details about the Annual Brea Kiwanis Back to School Shopping Spree event. It was an amazing event but as Charlie said, you had to be there. When the community pulls together, anything can be accomplished! Photos by Charlie Phillips.

      Back to School Shopping Spree....Few projects during the year provide the warm satisfaction as our 'Back to School Shopping Spree' for children that need that little extra to start them off in the new school year. The sponsored 'Shopping Spree' for these children is a project with a heart. At day break, Saturday September 14, children with their parents, Kiwanis and community volunteers started arriving at the Brea Mall JC Penney's to participate in a shopping event that would provide 58+ children with needed school clothing and supplies.

        The event started with ready volunteer escorts, apprehensive parents and excited children ready to shop. At the end of three hours shopping the volunteers beamed with pride, the parents grateful and a few in tears but all the children smiled with, "look what I got." You had to be there to appreciate the accomplishment and pride the event provided.

          The event success would not have been complete if it were not for the volunteer support and especially the helpful service from 11+ JC Penny's service specialists. Escort volunteers, Parents, children shoppers and Kiwanis thank JCP for their special sales pricing that allowed the children to receive values well above the $ amount allowed for each child. A special thank you goes out to JCP Lucy Rau and Chaunte Humes store and resource leaders and for Flurinda Valenzuela, juniors service specialist, for her exceptional service to the children.

            There were approximately 170 parents, children and volunteers at the 'Shopping Spree'. Brea and Placentia Kiwanis thank the 24 Club members, 17 family members and friends, 7 Brea Olinda HS Key Club and 5 Fullerton Circle K volunteers that helped throughout the Back to School shopping.

              Brea Kiwanis sponsored 48+ children recommended by the Brea School District and Placentia Kiwanis had 10 children recommended from the Church of the Nazarene in Placentia. Funding for the Brea children was received from Brea Kiwanis, La Floresta Foundation, Merrill Lynch, JCP, Mother's Market, Citizens Business Bank and other individual contributors. Placentia funding was received from Placentia Kiwanis. A special thank you goes out to La Floresta for their generous $2000 contribution.
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"Thank you" for visiting Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON). First & foremost, I am a proud mother & wife. I am also a well-rounded independent contractor. But you can call me an enthusiastic cheerleader, supporting wholeheartedly the City of Brea --a charming town with character & innovation, turning 100 years old in 2017!

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