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VOL. 23  NO. 3                                                                             MARCH 2021

      Kiwanis Club Of MC Raises Funds For K9 Project

      By Jackie Holfelder                                                                                  Beach and Martin County High Schools, the Builders
        The 2018 killing of Cigo, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s                                            Club from Stuart Middle School, and the K Kids Clubs
      Office K9 who was chasing a suspect at the time, was the                                             from Pinewood, Felix Williams, Bessey Creek, and Parker
      inspiration for a Kiwanis Club of Martin County project that                                         Elementary Schools.
      came to a successful conclusion this past December.                                                    MCSO K9 Unit dogs and officers visited each of the
        The  youngsters,  who  are  affiliated  with  Kiwanis,                                             schools, demonstrating what the dogs do to assist in arrests
      encouraged members of the nonprofit to reach out to the                                              and crime solving. The fascinated young members of each
      Martin  County  Sheriff’s  Office  (MCSO)  to  see  about                                            club were motivated to plan projects that would raise money
      raising money to buy bulletproof vests for MCSO K9s.                                                 to donate to the Sheriff’s Department. Projects included such
      Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Pearlman assured the Kiwanians                                                 things as bake sales, selling lapel pins with the likeness of a
      that the K9 Unit had the protective vests but could use                                              K9 Unit member and crafts.
      equipment like bite sleeves, bite suits, muzzles, tug toys,                                            Additionally, the Kiwanis Club of Martin County applied
      special leashes and harnesses.                                                                       for – and received - two grants through the Florida Kiwanis
        The Kiwanis Club of Martin County chose this to be   Deputy Justin Deluca of MCSO K9 Unit, Zorro and Major
      their 2019 project, and contacted Key Clubs from Jensen   John Budensiek of MCSO at a school demonstration  Kiwanis Club on page 4
      Vaccinations Provide Peace Of Mind For Sandhill Cove

      Retirement Living Residents And Employees

        The COVID pandemic continues to be a worldwide                                                       Sandhill Cove and other communities managed by
      threat, and healthcare workers and persons over the age of                                           Life Care Services partnered with CVS and Walgreens to
      65 are among the most vulnerable. However, even when the                                             provide the vaccine to residents and staff, free of charge.
      vaccines were finally approved, getting them distributed to                                          Vaccinations were administered by a licensed professional
      those most in need was difficult.                                                                    at Sandhill Cove, offering the peace of mind that comes
        At Sandhill Cove Retirement Living in Palm City, the                                               with not having to venture out in public to receive the
      health and safety of residents and employees is the priority                                         immunization.
      of Shawn Perrigo, executive director. When the CDC                                                     Sandhill Cove has dedicated resources to mitigate
      announced the risks of COVID-19, Perrigo implemented a                                               the spread of COVID-19. They continue to put residents
      strict protocol of hygiene and health measures to mitigate                                           first by utilizing enhanced infection and disease control
      the deadly virus’s spread.                                                                           protocols, while still providing exceptional experiences
        Residents and employees were greatly relieved when                                                 for residents. The pandemic has highlighted the need to
      they learned they would be in the initial distribution group   Shawn Perrigo, executive director of Sandhill Cove,   have secure living arrangements for the elderly. Sandhill
      in the CDC phased allocations. The vaccination clinic took   reviews the consent forms with residents prior to their
      place on Jan. 5.                                   vaccinations in January.                          Vaccinations Provide Peace Of Mind on page 4
      Drive-Through Food Distributions At Clover Park Made

      Possible By The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

      As New Mets Owner Cohen                              With support from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen   distributing food. Mets President Sandy Alderson and

      Supports Spring Training                           Foundation, Treasure Coast Food Bank has held two   several local officials pitched in as well.
                                                         drive-through mobile food distributions in recent weeks
                                                                                                             “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Steven &
      Hometown                                           at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Fresh produce, meat,   Alexandra Cohen Foundation to help families impacted
                                                                                                           by COVID-19 here in Port St. Lucie,” said Judith Cruz,
                                                         and shelf-stable food items were distributed to 1,000
                                                         families in need.
        The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has        At a distribution on
      partnered with Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide   Feb. 13, Mets outfielder
      additional opportunities for people who are struggling   Brandon Nimmo greeted
      to obtain food.                                    families and  lent a hand

                                                                                                           Pat Babcock, Port St. Lucie Assistant Chief Rich Del Toro,
                                                                                 Treasure Coast Food Bank   and Mets President Sandy Alderson
                                                                                 CEO Judith Cruz and Mets
                                                                                 left fielder Brandon Nimmo  Drive-Through Food Distributions on page 3
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