Thank You from Project Fresh Start


The following thank you was received from Dave Kissinger of Project Fresh Start:

Dear Ankeny Rotary Club:
On behalf of the Project Fresh Start Staff, Ankeny Service Center, Ankeny Community Schools and more than 10,000 students, we would like to express our appreciation for your support and assistance with the 2014-2015 Project Fresh Start's newest program, the F.E.W.D. Program (Faith and Education Winter Program).  Your generous tax deductible gift of close to 300 winter coats was very instrumental in the delivery of this program.

The continued efforts of your great organization are very important to many service groups and many recipients in our community. PFS looks forward to working with you in the future.  We know that your group will continue to make a positive impact in Ankeny.

Sincerely, Dave Kissinger, Project Fresh Start


The following are excepts from an article on the Ankeny Community Schools website regarding their winter clothing frive:
"With the assistance of the District Community Service grant, the Rotary Club of Ankeny was able to purchase 286 warm coats to be distributed to needy families in Ankeny in conjunction with Project Fresh Start.  In total Ankeny residents donated more than  2,300 winter clothing items to help students in need during the first ever F.E.W.D winter clothing drive.  More than 300 students have already received coats, hats, mittens, and other winther wear, and more are expected to be helped throughout the course of the winter.  F.E.W. D. distributed the clothing on November 2nd and 3rd and is supported by Project Fresh Start through the Ankeny Community Education Department.  During their drive in late October, Ankeny students, staff, and parents collected nearly 1,500 items of winter clothing at their 16 schools to contribute to the project.

This was truly a community undertaking as members of Ankeny's churches also donated more than 600 items, and Ankeny citizens provided winter wear to TAKE,(The Ankeny Clothing Exchange) at the Neveln Center.  The Ankeny Rotary Club received a grant in collaboration with the Ankeny Service Center to help purchase 286 new coats."