Trenton Kiwanis Club, KTTN open applications for Christmas Wish Project

Merry Christmas Santa and Reindeer

The Trenton Kiwanis Club in conjunction with KTTN has opened the application process for the Christmas Wish Project. Elementary and preschool students in Trenton will have application forms sent home with them next week or families who would like to enroll for the project can pick up applications at KTTN during normal business hours. Individuals may also contact Kiwanis Club program coordinator, Kara Helmandollar, at 359-5966 or message Trenton Kiwanis Club on Facebook to have a form mailed to them.

To be eligible for the program a family must live in Grundy County, have custody for the children for whom they are seeking assistance, and meet income guidelines based on the 2021 Federal Poverty guidelines. Forms need to be completed and returned by December 1st to either KTTN or the Kiwanis mailing address on the form.

The program is designed to assist low-income families with children ages 12 and under with Christmas gifts for their children. Each child can request a specific gift, valued at $30 or less. Club members attempt to keep Christmas magical for children by granting those wishes.

Funding for the Christmas Wish Project comes from the generosity of area businesses and residents. There are several ways that those interested can donate. In early December, KTTN will air the “wishes” of area children on the radio. An individual can purchase the specified gift and drop it off at KTTN, Farmers State Bank at 1503 East Ninth Street, or Dave’s Body Shop. Monetary donations will also be accepted at those same locations and will be used to purchase specific gifts.

The community has been tremendous supporters of this project for over 30 years, something for which Kiwanis members are quite thankful. Kiwanis member Kara Helmandollar, commented, “The holidays can be an especially stressful time for families, particularly those with limited incomes. The Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with this caring community of individuals and businesses, is thrilled to help keep the magic of Christmas alive for children in our community.” Persons with questions may reach Mrs. Helmandollar at 359-5966.