Dear John,

Sorry that you have such a dislike of River Forest residents [River Forest is forcing me onto Facebook? John Hubbuch, Viewpoints, March 11]. As a member of the Kiwanis Club of River Forest/Oak Park which includes members from both villages, I would like to invite you to one of our meetings at the River Forest Public Library, 735 N. Lathrop Ave. in River Forest, just south of Chicago Avenue. We meet every second and fourth Wednesday each month at 6:30 p.m. 

As a Kiwanis Club, we help the unfortunate in both our communities, with an emphasis on children. One of our first projects in our first year was to paint the interior of a home in Oak Park owned by Pactt, which houses autistic young men. We did an amazing project for the Oak Leyden Rehabilitation project in Oak Park by purchasing and retro-fitting battery-operated cars for disabled toddlers to drive, so they could participate in activities with their able-bodied friends. The cars were changed to match the disability. We contributed to a fund for three fire-damaged homes that were side-by-side in Oak Park, and one was completely burned down in the fire. We contributed to another fund to help a River Forest family that lost their mother to cancer after losing their home because of the cost of her care. At holiday time, we aid other agencies in delivering food in the two towns. This weekend, we are having a Bowl-a-Thon at Circle Lanes in Forest Park to help the Kiwanis drive for spastic paralysis children to attend a summer camp. 

Kiwanis supports the needs of children.

Only about 25% of our current membership is from Oak Park. They need your support. The group is so diverse. Each member has something else to contribute to the whole. It’s a great ebb and flow of ideas and projects. Therefore, if you’re walking or biking through River Forest some Wednesday evening, we welcome you to join us for refreshment and a meeting and even membership down the road. 

That’s the news from River Forest. We care.

Tom Michael 

River Forest 

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