Kiwanis Group Hosts Free Christmas Party for Kids

OSWEGO – The Oswego Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Kiwanis Kids Christmas Party  Sunday, December 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bridie Manor Restaurant in Oswego; admission is free to children and their families.  Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Oswego and Bridie Manor Restaurant, this event features free food, refreshments, craft activities, photographs with Santa Claus, and a Christmas stocking for every child.

Kiwanis International is a volunteer-led educational organization founded in 1915 dedicated to changing the world for the better, one child at a time.   Kiwanis tries to serve children using two approaches; one attempts to improve the quality of life directly through activities promoting health, education, etc…, the other tries to encourage leadership and service among youth.  In pursuit of the latter goal, Kiwanis sponsors about 7,000 youth service clubs with nearly 320,000 youth members, including the Key Club at Oswego High School.

Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick; they have helped build playgrounds and raised funds for pediatric research.  As a global project in coordination with UNICEF, members and clubs contributed more than 80 million dollars toward the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.  Beginning in 2010 Kiwanis International once again joined with UNICEF to launch a new worldwide health initiative dedicated to wiping out maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), which kills more than 60,000 babies and a significant number of women each year.

The Kiwanis Club of Oswego meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for a casual dinner at Bridie Manor Restaurant, located at 166 W. First St., Oswego.  New members are always welcome.  For more information on the club and Kids Christmas Party event contact Julia Burns at (315) 422-3888.