The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa joins sponsors Hoag Hospital, South Coast Plaza, Union Bank, the Costa Mesa Community Foundation, Office Depot, Sears, the OCC Foundation and attorney Gregory Bartone in supporting the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area to annually fund and support Kelly's Closet.
According to project advisor Jeff Dimsdale, the Boys & Girls Club chapter selects 24 children, who will be paired with the Costa Mesa High or Estancia High Key Club, or an Orange Coast College Circle K mentor. On Aug. 27, the pairs board a bus to Sears, where each team is given spending money and a shopping list. Kiwanis members will be stationed in store departments to assist with fitting and other issues, Dimsdale said.
After buying school clothes and shoes, grade-appropriate school supplies, backpacks, and electronic dictionaries and calculators, they return to the Boys & Girls Club for an old-fashioned, all-American picnic with games, crafts, food, fun and Kiwanians doing the cooking. The Kiwanis Club is seeking additional sponsors, particularly for items for the picnic that follows the shopping trip, said Dimsdale. He can be reached at (949) 929-1201.