Kiwanis donate $1,114 to Operation BackPack

Tom Husnik, Vinton Noon Kiwanis president, presents a check to Raeleigh Schulte of the Vinton-Shellsburg Operation Backpack for $1,114. Schulte said 80 to 90 backpacks are distributed each Friday. The backpacks are loaded with food for students from Tilford and Shellsburg Elementary schools so they have meals over the weekends to make them better prepared to learn when they return to school on Monday. The backpacks are distributed anonymously. The money was generated from the club’s Bring the Noise 5K Walk/Run conducted as part of the Vinton 150 Sesquicentennial and the annual BoomFest. Tom Lindauer, Kiwanis treasurer, said the club reached an agreement with Jeff Mangold and the Vinton-Shellsburg Cross Country Team to donate $5 for each of Mangold’s runners who participated.