Catawba Valley Community College’s Circle K International chapter and Thrivent Financial recently teamed up to provide area emergency first responders with more than 120 trauma dolls.
The dolls are designed to comfort child victims of sexual abuse and other trauma. Annis Shields, co-advisor to the Circle K chapter, applied for and received a Thrivent Financial Impact Card grant. Thrivent Financial donated $250 with its Community Impact Card for CVCC’s Circle K club to purchase supplies to make the trauma dolls.
Club members devoted more than 200 hours to sewing the dolls and packaging each one in a bag which contains a letter to the recipient and a fabric pen for children to express their feelings by drawing or writing on the doll. Each doll was named by a CKI club member.
Circle K International is an international collegiate service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. With more than 13,770 members in 17 nations promoting service, leadership and fellowship, it is the largest service organization on college campuses in the world. Many CVCC Circle K members transfer to four-year institutions and remain active in Circle K, continuing in leadership capacities.