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Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria helps kids get school supplies at a back-to-school shopping event

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 20:38:19-04

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria partnered with local organizations to hold their second annual back-to-school shopping spree.

Club members organized the event at the Minami Community Center where they gave each child a $75 gift-card to shop for school supplies.

The event also featured a drive-thru pancake breakfast where each family received a dozen pancakes and a dozen sausages while they go shopping.

Club members say they served 100 local youth at the event.

"It's been awesome, we have a lot of our club members get out and it's nice for them to ease back into the volunteering thing with COVID going on following all the precautions with masks, gloves, social distancing, and just making sure we do it in a safe way," said Rudy Gutierrez, vice president of the Kiwanis Club Santa Maria.

Event organizers said rather than getting a backpack all students received headphones so they can listen to virtual classes at home.