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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Kiwanis continues to support Niswonger Children's Hospital

Jon Rife, left, District Governor of the Capital District Kiwanis, presented Bill Farthing of Mountain States Foundation with a check from Kiwanis for $3,000 to Niswonger Children's Hospital. GRUNDY, Va. – The Capital District of Kiwanis International continues to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital, donating funds for the fourth year in a row to the hospital.


Jon Rife, District Governor of the Capital District Kiwanis, recently presented a check for $3,000 to support Niswonger, one of seven children’s facilities the organization supports. The Capital District of Kiwanis International comprises all the Kiwanis Clubs in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.


“The main focus of Kiwanis is children and we are happy to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which has served hundreds of children and their families in the Southwest Virginia area of Capital District Kiwanis,” said Rife, who owns Rife TV in Grundy. “It has meant the difference between care closer to home and care at a long-distance facility, which is always difficult on families. This donation fits directly into our purpose.”


Niswonger Children’s Hospital is located in Johnson City, Tenn., and serves more than 200,000 children in a four-state, 29-county region of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and parts of Kentucky and North Carolina. It is home to both a St. Jude Affiliate Clinic and a Shriners Hospitals for Children Orthopaedics Clinic – the first such Shriners clinic in the nation.


“We are grateful to the Capital District Kiwanis organization,” said Bill Farthing of Mountain States Foundation, who accepted the donation. “It is important to have support from the Capital District Kiwanis because they represent the children and families of Southwest Virginia who need the children’s hospital. This is truly a gift from the heart and makes a huge difference in the services we’re able to offer for the children.”


Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Capital District was organized in 1918 with only two clubs. Now almost 100 years later, the group remains active with six regions, 17 divisions and 155 clubs.