Photo By: Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Mountain View
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View joined with Kohl’s department store May 4 to sponsor Child Spree, a clothes-shopping spree for 30 local children whose parents serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Child Spree, the latest effort in the Kiwanis Club’s outreach to military families based at Moffett Field, enabled the children, many with a parent stationed overseas, to select their own clothing.
“We do a regular Child Spree at the start of the school year for Mountain View schools,” Kiwanian Ralph Cowden said, “and this year we are doing a special for local support to our military and left-behind families at Moffett.”
According to Kiwanis secretary Frank Zajac, who suggested targeting Child Spree to military children, many of the families are “almost at the poverty level.”
“It’s tough when an active-duty parent is overseas,” he said.
Zajac said the Kiwanis Club contributed $6,000 to the event, and Kohl’s offered a 20 percent discount on all items.
According to Chaplain Fred Tittle, a retired Marine, hundreds of families of military personnel live in government housing at Moffett, most eking by on limited budgets, with no recreational outlets and few transportation options. Families continue to struggle, he said, despite receiving the second-highest amount of government housing assistance in the country to offset the high cost of living in the area. He cited 175 housing units on the Moffett base, home to military personnel below the rank of sergeant – who hold the lowest-paying positions – and 130-140 units outside the base.
“It’s a good start,” Tittle said of the Kiwanis Child Spree effort for Moffett children. “I’m hopeful it’s just the start of a long relationship with Kiwanis.”
Tittle added that he’s also reached out to members of the Rotary Club of Mountain View, who are willing to help as well.
For more on the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, visit www.mountainviewkiwanisclub.thewebsecretary.net.