Letter: Kiwanis volunteering experience

To the editor:

Volunteering is great! On the last Saturday of March I had the rare privilege to volunteer to help out the less fortunate. The time to help others is one thing that retirement has afforded me. I joined 140 other individuals at a small non-profit company called Bridging to assemble 89 new dressers purchased at a discount from Ikea using money provided by eight Kiwanis clubs and their associated Key clubs in the metro area.

More amazing than the actual work we did was the person behind the concept of Bridging and how that organization helps people get their first furniture for their move into a home or apartment ñ sometimes out of homelessness. The man that started all of this was Fran Heitzman, who at the very beginning of this volunteer day stood on a metal ladder and gave us the most moving of pep talks. He just turned 89 years old and he described to us his first reconditioned crib that he gave to a family in need 27 years ago that started this whole non-profit adventure, which he called the “food shelf” of furniture.

Yet another amazing fact was that this volunteer event by the local Kiwanis clubs was part of a grander worldwide event that boasts having over one million volunteer hours donated to similar projects all over the world on the same day. It’s called the Kiwanis One Day event. . Yes ñ volunteering is great and it helps children, families and communities. Wow!

Ric Soderstrom, Sr.
Lauderdale

 

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