Aktion Club helps military families with 'Coupons to Troops'

Laura Santamaria, Natalie Orlandi, Becky Humphries, Robert Grant, Mike Sigmund, Josh Kuntz and Jennifer Rutkoski with the finished product ready to send to a military family overseas.

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion is clipping coupons for military families serving overseas. The project is called "Coupons to Troops" and the Aktion Club has been involved in this project for just under a year now. They are currently providing coupons for their second family, an Air Force family in Italy; the first was an Army family stationed in Germany.

These military families can use the coupons at their Post Exchange and can be six months expired and still be used. The families who receive these coupons share the coupons they can't use with other military families. The Aktion Club meets at Westlake Porter Public Library and clips and sorts coupons in various categories such as food, health and beauty, baby, household and pet products. They then mail a box once a month to their military family. 

Aktion Club is a community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability. The mission of Aktion Club is to provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills, to serve their community, to be integrated into society and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities. 

Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process.

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club. The Aktion Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis the same as a Key, Builders and Circle K Clubs. Aktion Club is for adults with disabilities 18 years of age and up. The new President of the Westlake Kiwanis asked me handle publicity for the Kiwanis and Aktion Clubs.I am a retired Manager of Expenditures for the CSX Corp. I moved to Cleveland's exteme Westside 10 years ago from Freeport, PA a town about 30 miles northeast east of Pittsburgh where I had lived all my life. Work related issues brought my family to Cleveland.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:59 AM, 01.22.2013