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Kiwanis of Greater Dover Hosts Second Successful Coat Distribution, Strengthening Bonds Across Dover’s Diverse Community

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DOVER — In a resounding testament to community unity and shared responsibility, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover orchestrated their second successful coat distribution event, reinforcing collaborative efforts with the Town of Dover and the generous support of the Office of Assemblyman Christian Barranco. Building upon the success of their inaugural event, this recent initiative underscored the power of collective action and the unwavering commitment of community leaders to meet the needs of Dover’s vibrant population.
Sergio Rodriguez, the President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, expressed profound gratitude for the overwhelming response to their first coat distribution. He emphasized the heightened impact of the second event, attributing it to the increased partnerships that were forged in the interim. Rodriguez shed light on the pivotal role played by the Office of Assemblyman Christian Barranco, whose generous donation of jackets, scarves, hats, and gloves amplified the scope and effectiveness of the distribution.

A notable addition to their network of collaborators was the Salvation Army of Dover, an integral partner now facilitating the availability of jackets whenever the community requires them. This strategic alliance ensured a continuous and substantial supply of winter essentials for residents in need.

Choosing the Dover Town Hall as the event’s location was a thoughtful decision, recognizing the town’s walking-centric nature and ensuring easy accessibility for residents. Maria Solines, a Kiwanis Member and also a member of the Dover Board of Education, shared the joy of witnessing children trying on their new jackets, underscoring the positive impact on both parents and their little ones.

Dover Council member AB Santana, another active Kiwanis member, reflected on the community impact, emphasizing that supporting one another with available resources and connections is the true essence of community service. He shared, “This is what it’s all about—taking the resources and connections that we have to directly benefit our community and then seeing the reward in the form of smiling faces is enough for me.”
Maria Rosario, a dedicated Kiwanis member and community leader, highlighted the significance of having a centralized channel, such as the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, to efficiently allocate resources to where they are needed most in the community. This streamlined approach ensures that community needs are met promptly and effectively.

Looking ahead, President Sergio Rodriguez unveiled the Kiwanis’ comprehensive plans for future events, indicating a keen focus on addressing the unique needs of the elderly community. Acknowledging that many seniors lack housing and struggle with essential services, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover aims to guide them through the application process for senior housing, as well as assist in reducing cable and electric bills. Rodriguez expressed his visionary commitment to fostering unity among Dover’s diverse population, involving high school students in these initiatives to create a community that supports one another across all demographics.

In summary, the second successful coat distribution by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, in collaboration with key partners, serves as a compelling testament to the positive impact that collective efforts can have on a community. With a clear vision for the future, the Kiwanis members are resolute in their determination to continue making a lasting difference in Dover, bridging gaps, and building a stronger, more connected community for all. As the spirit of collaboration continues to thrive, Dover stands as a beacon of unity, compassion, and community resilience.

Kiwanis Members on the right side of the table from left to right: Pamela Machado, Ralph Downing, Maria Solines, AB Santana.
A smiling recipient of the coat distribution.
Councilmember and Kiwanis Member AB Santana and his daughter donated a brand new jacket to a Dover resident.
Kiwanis Members Maria Rosario and Maria Solines assist a child in trying on a jacket to determine the fit.
A happy mother seeing her son with a brand new winter jacket.
Kiwanis Member Ralph Downing assists a Dover Resident find the right size jacket for her.
Kiwanis Club of Dover President Sergio Rodriguez helps assist a family in finding the right coat size for their children.
Kiwanis Member Washington Pro assists a Dover resident put on a jacket as she takes one home for her child as well.

For more information and to become involved in the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover click here.

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Frank Cahill
Frank Cahillhttps://www.frankcahill.com
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Governor of Division 9 Kiwanis Club of NJ, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
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