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Bowling Green Kids Spend IKEA Grant

The Bowling Green K-Kids kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a shopping night at IKEA in Hicksville.  The event was planned after the Bowling Green K-Kids won the IKEA Life Improvement Project Grant. People voted online for the K-Kids proposal, which included purchases for Kamp Kiwanis as well as gourmet food for local needy families. In early April, the Bowling Green K-Kids learned that they would be one of 38 nationwide winners and the recipients of a $10,000 grant.


Welcomed by IKEA Marketing/Public Relations Manager Lynn Montuori, they first created crafts to decorate the Kamp. The K-Kids were then split into three teams and were given portions of the wish list developed by Kamp Kiwanis Director Rebecca Lopez.  The teams, supervised by Montuori, New York District Key Club Gov. Paul DeSantis, and faculty advisor Rich Santer, spread out throughout the children’s department gathering the requested items.


When the grand total including delivery was tallied, there was $2,700 left over. The kids met in the IKEA café to discuss how they would use the remaining funds.  The group decided to shop in the IKEA Marketplace to determine how much was needed to feed the needy families that would be selected by their school social worker.  The K-Kids selected items such as jams, pancake mix, Swedish cookies, and fruit sodas for 20 families, spending $60 on each family.  


“I am glad we can get these families some special treats that are different from the usual canned vegetables we get them at holiday food drives,” said Asarian.  The group also decided to donate $1000 of the surplus to tornado victims in Oklahoma.  


:It is heartwarming to watch the K-Kids carefully consider every possibility as they use this grant to help as many people as they can,” said Santer. “They are making a difference for the Kamp, for the needy families of Bowling Green and will also help the people of Oklahoma.”