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 BREA, CALIFORNIA

2014 Back to School Shopping

 

What a great event.  With fantastic support of our member, families, Key Club, Boys and Girls Club and the great staff from JC Penney, this was an awesome event.  

Our morning started out at 6:45, truly arriving under the over of darkness because the under ground parking lights were not on yet.  JC Penney provided coffee, juice and donuts for the kids and volunteers.

Chairman Henry Eagar got parents, kids and volunteers organized and away we went.  Thank you to the volunteers from Brea and Placentia Kiwanis, Key Club and family members.

Parents provided a shopping list of what each child needed.  And then each child was paired with a volunteer and went shopping.  Volunteer associates of JC Penney were around the store to provide additional selections and sizes.

At the end of the shopping trip, the JC Penney associates provided each child with a plush toy and school supplies.

This year, the event sponsored 58 children from the local area with each child receiving $100+ to shop. The Kiwanis Club of Placentia sponsored 12 of these children. All together there were about 46 volunteers including JC Penney's sales associates, Kiwanians and Brea High School Key Clubbers. Including the children, parents and volunteers the event attendance was 156+.

The Kiwanis Clubs of Brea and Placentia would like to thank, Mothers Market, Citizens Bank, Merrill Lynch, La Floresta, JCPenny's, Kiwanis and Lance Soll Lunghard LLP for their donations to make this event possible.

History by Dr. Tom Green

The Brea Kiwanis marquee event starting the new 2014-2015 school year is the 'Back to School' shopping event  that warms the hearts of all that participate. It's a Brea Kiwanis sponsored event that involves donations from local area merchants, financial/investment corporations, JCPenny's and Kiwanis. The purpose of the event is to provide back to school clothing and school supplies to children a little less fortunate than most and watch their smiling faces as they proudly display the items that they have shopped.

The event was started in the late 1990's by Pat Roundtree. Pat was the Brea Kiwanis Club President and local Century 21 realtor. She set up the first shopping spree at Mervyns'. Close to 30  children were fitted to new clothes and provided school supplies by Kiwanians escorting and shopping for the children. 

We continued the event at Mervyns' for 3-4 years and then made the change to Walmart where the manager, Becky Smith, a Brea Kiwanis member expanded the event to include coffee and donuts for the shopping children families and provide amazing discounts for the children. We continued to hold our event there for about 7 years until Becky retired. Although it was Pat who developed the 'Back to School' idea and provided the initiative to make the event work,  it was another Kiwanian, Annetta Scott, who for many years was the coordinator and backbone of the event. Before she moved away, she set up another store that was excited to host the event.

That store is JC Penny's where we have joined in partnership that has grown stronger over these last few years! It was difficult to replace Annetta but another Brea Kiwanian stepped forward to champion the event. Henry Eagar, Banking Officer at Citizens Business Bank, has taken charge in the last two years. Through his efforts he has about doubled the number of children the event serves today.

 This year, the event sponsored 58 children from the local area with each child receiving $100+ to shop. The Kiwanis Club of Placentia sponsored 12 of these children. All together there were about 46 volunteers including JC Penney's sales associates, Kiwanians and Brea High School Key Clubbers. Including the children, parents and volunteers the event attendance was 156+. 

The Kiwanis Clubs of Brea and Placentia would like to thank, Mothers Market, Citizens Bank, Merrill Lynch, La Floresta, JCPenny's, Kiwanis  and Lance Soll Lunghard LLP for their donations to make this event possible.

A special thank you goes to Penny's Lucy Rau, Brea Store Leader, Chaute Humes, Human Resource Leader and their event Co-chairs, Jill, Nalleli, Vimaris and the 10 volunteer sales associates for their support and the little extras they included in all the children's shopping bags.

Thanks to all for making this so successful

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