SHELDON—After a summer of uncertainty, the Prairie Queen Kiwanis of Sheldon wants people to know they are indeed back in the paper collection business.
The service group stopped collecting and recycling cardboard in July and wavered on its paper collection services; however, this has all been straightened out, according to Kiwanis secretary Dr. Ron Zoutendam.
“The Prairie Queen Club has found a market for recycled paper and also has arranged for the transportation,” he said. “The Kiwanians and other volunteers are helping with this project. The proceeds are being split between the Kiwanis Club and Love INC.”
Van Wyk provided a trailer, which remains located on the side of the Love In the Name of Christ of O’Brien County building at 611 Park Row, and the Sheldon-based trucking company also will haul the paper to market for the Kiwanis and Love INC.
The Prairie Queen Kiwanis asks people to drop off any discarded books, magazines or newspapers at the trailer.
Zoutendam noted the paper donations help the groups finance community betterment services in Sheldon and keep paper out of the landfill.
Kiwanis raised $3,540 in 2016 from the sale of 15 trailer loads of cardboard and paper. With those funds, the group has supported Shop with a Cop, Adopt-A-Family, Special Olympics, dictionaries for third-graders, donations to needy children who attend Sheldon’s public and private schools, scholarships at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and more.
“We thank all for participating in this worthwhile cause,” Zoutendam said.