A local civic organization is encouraging community members to “give up a little so we can give a lot” to Riley Children’s Hospital. Dave Altman with the North Judson Kiwanis Club says the fundraiser coincides with Lent, although that wasn’t the original intention. The idea is to give up something like a donut, Paczki, can of pop or meal out for 40 days and donate the money you would spend on it to the Kiwanis Club for their Riley Children’s Hospital fundraiser. It started two weeks ago and wraps up March 13th.
The North Judson Kiwanis Club will then take all of the donations and send a check. Altman says they haven’t decided yet whether to specify a purpose for the funds or to just put it toward their highest priority fund. They do at least one fundraiser a year for Riley and usually bring in between $1,000 and $1,200. The North Judson-San Pierre High School National Honor Society Chapter is also part of this effort, so Altman is hopeful they will raise $2,000 or more.
Altman says Riley Children’s Hospital serves thousands of children from across Indiana each year, including many from the local area.
“Walking in a hospital that every patient is a child is amazing, and the fact that those people down there can take care of them the way they do. And it just makes you realize there are some special people out there. So anything we can do to help Riley we’re going to do it.”
Contact Altman at 574-806-6875 for additional information.