Kirkland Kiwanis Club Makes 850 Lunches for Special Olympics


Under the leadership of Dick and Mark Shinstrom, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland had another successful effort and provided hundreds of special kids with nutritious sack lunches for the Special Olympics King County 2013 Regional basketball tournament held in Issaquah on 2/10.  Twenty nine Kiwanian’s plus a number of spouses showed up ready to work Sunday morning at 7:30am to help along the assembly line.  More than 850 sack lunches were prepared in less than 90 minutes.  Tim’s Cascade Chip’s were donated, while apples and paper supplies were supplied at no charge by Kirkland Parkplace QFC.  The Kiwanis club purchased the remainder of the meats, bread and cheese for the lunches.


The individual lunch bags for the athletes were decorated by the Kirkland Middle School Builders Club.  The kids from KMS got creative as they had fun helping out with this project.


Kiwanis Club of Kirkland routinely provides meal support for Special Olympics and thanks to the generosity of eastside businesses, KCK has been doing this for 10 years, and plans to keep this on ongoing activity.  If you would like more information about Special Olympics visit their website at


A volunteer organization, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, along with their affiliate organization, the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation, benefits the Kirkland community in a variety of ways including academic scholarships, the Bill Petter Memorial Scholarship in transportation technology, assistance with orthodontic care through the Keller Memorial Fund, middle and high school leadership programs, school supplies to disadvantaged children, supporting KITH, Eastside Baby Corner and much more.  If you would like more information, please visit their website at, or contact Club Secretary Matt Gregory at (425) 828-0231.  Or, better yet, attend one of their lively Wednesday lunch meetings at 12:00pm at the Crab Cracker in Kirkland.


Bonni Sundberg, Kirkland Kiwanis Marketing Co-Chair