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  • Christmas Toy Drive

    Our Optimist club is happy to be partnering with the Salvation Army to once again staff a toy collection site at Conestoga Mall in Waterloo. The teenager quietly dropping some loose change in the kettle. New parents starting an annual tradition with their newborn. Families sharing what they have. Individuals continuing a decades long practice.… Read more

  • Sending Them Off Smiling!

    September can set the tone for the entire school year, often including new clothes, new backpacks and new school supplies.  Unfortunately, not every family is so fortunate as to be able to provide these for their children.  Twenty-five years ago, a small group of women decided to make a difference.  They provided a backpack filled… Read more

  • A Story of Courage

    We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Barbara De Angelis Matthew is undeniably a very courageous teen and our Optimist Club was blessed to have him share his story with us at our September dinner meeting. He is a Childhood Cancer patient in… Read more

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