Why are these Kiwanians smiling?

Kiwanians Hal Paul, Vic Rutkoski, Kevin Walker, Ray Budoi, Bruce Zyrkowski, Bob Clancy and  Norm Resko worked to adapt toys for children with disabilities. Photo by Kendal Duncan

The Westlake Kiwanis held a RePlay for Kids project on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Westlake Porter Public Library. Eight members and five guests volunteered their time to work on the toys. There is nothing that makes a Kiwanian smile more than making life better for a child with a disability. 

They adapted the toys so they can be used by children with disabilities. It involves taking the toys apart and installing switches which can be used to make the toys operate in various ways, such as blowing into a tube or touching with the side of a head. They managed to complete 25 various types of trucks. Leading the group were Edie Dale and Kendal Duncan from RePlay for Kids.

To learn more about volunteering with RePlay For Kids, a non-profit organization based in Medina, check their website at replayforkids.org for dates and times of future workshops. They also accept donations of new or gently used toys and monetary donations.

If you're interested in helping with projects like this, why not join the Westlake Kiwanis, a hands-on community organization dedicated to helping children? Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. 

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 14, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 11.01.2022