Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian CARING HANDS Dave Kaplow (second from left) of San Jose-Campbell Lion's Club is helped by Robert Caballero, facilities manager at Jacob’s Heart in Watsonville, Thursday in unloading 200 art kits for children as Heidi Boynton, Executive Director of Jacob’s Heart (rear, left) and others gather to celebrate the donation.

Jacob’s Heart Family Center got an extra boost on Feb. 8 when members of the West San Jose – Campbell Lions Club delivered 200 art kits to the Watsonville center.

Lion’s Club members Dave Kaplow and Gayle Kludt hand delivered the kits that included drawing pads, colored markers, crayons and snacks. The donation is the result of a collaboration between the West San Jose-Campbell and the Willow Glen Lions clubs who rounded up a $2,000 grant.

“It takes a big effort to battle cancer, and we hope our donation helps in that effort, especially with the children,” Kaplow said. 

Lion’s Club International raised over $340 million last year to help others. 

Robert Caballero, Lion’s Club member and facilities manager at Jacob’s Heart, added that Lion’sClub International, with 1.4 million members, is the largest service organization in the world.

“Over the years, Jacob’s Heart has partnered with Lions Clubs in different districts, and we remain deeply thankful for their ongoing support,” said spokeswoman Kathryn Vakili,. “These kits exemplify the profound impact community solidarity has on our organization and offer our Jacob’s Heart kids the chance to have fun and express themselves through art.” 

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services strives to improve the quality of life for children with cancer by supporting their families.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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