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Mitchell Emergency Services Receive Blankets Donated by Kiwanis Club – Mitchell Republic

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MITCHELL — Changing lives one child, one community (and one blanket) at a time.

That was the theme as the Kiwanis Club of Mitchell presented Mitchell Police and Fire/EMS with homemade blankets on Monday, November 7.

Mitchell Kiwanis members left to right Linda McEntee, Janet Fritzemeier, Ruth Swartout, Tami Sonne, Paula Deckert, Jamie McGowan, Police Chief Mike Koster and Fire/EMS Chief Marius Laursen hold blankets donated to help comfort the people in an emergency on Monday, November 7, 2022 at the Mitchell Police and Fire Department.

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Linda McEntee, the Kiwanis club secretary, spoke at the event, noting that this is the first year the club has participated in the idea. The idea of ​​donating a tie blanket was originally introduced to the group after seeing another club donate it in a national Kiwanis club magazine.

“We had about 20 people working on these covers, sometimes on specific workdays or sometimes in meetings,” McEntee said. “Blankets will be placed in the back of patrol cars, as well as in fire platforms or ambulances for people in emergencies.”

McEntee said that although they donated 19 blankets today, the club’s plan is to maintain contact with Mitchell’s emergency services to continue supplying the blankets in the future.

McEntee also said the main reason for the general donation was for children in need during particularly traumatic situations.

“The motto behind the Kiwanis Club is ‘Serving the Children of the World,’ changing a child’s life, one community at a time,” McEntee said. “All of our efforts are focused on Mitchell’s children.”

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Linda McEntee displays a stitched patch on the corner of blankets donated by the Kiwanis club to comfort those in an emergency Monday, November 7, 2022 at the Mitchell Police and Fire Department.

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For more information about the Kiwanis club and how to get involved, click here.