NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT: Kiwanis has started two programs to help children

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The Aberdeen Kiwanis recently started two new programs.

The first is Secret Angels of Kiwanis. This program provides dolls for girls and toys for boys who have unfortunate circumstances.

This program was proposed by Joy Flagtvedt and Ramona Woodman. Joy and Ramona have been doing this for more than 13 years, previously under CASA when that program existed in Aberdeen.

Joy said, “What a gift to ourselves when we delivered the dolls and toys. We gave to Safe Harbor, Head Start and DSS. They were so excited to receive these gifts. You just know the children will be excited. Our totals this year were 42 toys for boys and 62 dolls. We are so blessed for having everyone who supports our cause.”

If you would like to donate new toys or dolls or join the program, contact Joy or Ramona at Woodman Refrigeration at 225-5212 or email them at They are always looking for help with sewing and quilts for the dolls. Gifts given may be given out immediately or kept for the following Christmas for distribution.

Kiwanis also started the Award a Kid program. The Kiwanis will award any child, typically 3 and older to any school age, who has provided service to the community, school or church, overcome any obstacle, or has done something or shows behavior that is above and beyond.

We kicked off the program by giving an award called “Most Valuable Big Brother” to Logan Cybulski, son of Dan and Susan Cybulski, since he had recently become a big brother to Isaac and is adjusting nicely to it.

Since then, the Conflict Management Award has been given to Dawson Diede, son of Brady and Kimberly Byram, for his involvement in school as a mentor for conflict management. The Courage Award was given to Jaidyn Feickert, daughter of Justin and Toni Feickert, for overcoming leukemia. The European Ambassador Initiative Award was given to Delaney McNulty, daughter of Sherry McNulty and Mike Herbert, for raising money for an educational trip to Europe where she was able to learn about different cultures.

The idea is to create a fun atmosphere at the meeting by treating family and friends invited by the awardee to lunch and making a big deal about the award. Depending on the situation, the kid may give a small presentation and in some instances, there may be a donation given to the cause by the Kiwanis Club.

The Kiwanis may even go to a class and provide the lunch to the whole class if that is what make sense for the award. Award requests can be sent to Kiwanis Club of Aberdeen, PO Box 1551, Aberdeen, SD 57402-1551. They can also be emailed to There is no special way to send the award, either write it or type it and just mail/email it in.

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