Kiwanis Peanut Day Coming

The annual Peanut Days for Kiwanis is coming up in McHenry County.  Some details appear below.

Kiwanis Club Of Crystal Lake – Peanut Days, September 23-­‐24th

Two years ago Lilttle Miss Peanut and her father were at Sam's Club in Crystal Lake.

Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis International club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Kiwanis members generate nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service, and raise nearly  $107 million every year for communities, families, and projects.

The primary purpose of the Crystal Lake Kiwanis Club is to serve the needs of children in our McHenry County Community. Over the past year, the C.L. Kiwanis club made financial contributions to local organizations benefiting children, e.g., a Shave-A-Thon raised over $33,000 for cancer research last spring.

Since 1951, the first Kiwanis Peanut Day in Chicago, volunteers have worn the official orange vest imprinted with: “Kiwanis Peanut Day” and “Please Give Freely” and will hand out small (¾ ounce) sealed bags of roasted peanuts.

Our very own, Little Miss Peanut will make appearances during the Event.

Kiwanis volunteer collectors will be at the following locations on Friday and Saturday and, perhaps, others:

  • Sam’s Club
  • Jewel-Osco
  • Country Donuts
  •  Starbuck’s
  • Both Metra Train stations in Crystal LakeFriday morning commute, only.

This year Crystal Lake Kiwanis is offering an opportunity to 501(c)3 not- for-profit organizations who serve children to use Peanut Days to raise money for their groups.  The details are below:

  • We will supply the individual bags of peanuts.
  • You will secure volunteers to distribute the peanuts and collect donations on Peanut Days (September 23 and 24, 2011). If you have a favorite location(s), we can work with you to secure the location.
  • After reimbursement for the cost of the peanuts, the funds you collect will be split 75% to you and 25% to us assuming your organization can document that you are a IRS Code Sec 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity and, that your organization provides services within McHenry County that focus on children.

So if you are interested in a fun, easy way to raise funds for your cause, please join us on Friday, September 23, 2011 and/or Saturday, September 24, 2011. If you would like more information please feel free to contact Joe Johnson at 815-459-0707 or

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