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 width=The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about 2 community projects from 2 leaders of those projects, at their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Chris Wilson and Bill Kerns, pastor of Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, spoke first about the Taylorville Community Garden. Wilson told Kiwanis members that planning for the garden began in January 2013, and she said the garden is meant to help people get to know their neighbors, as well as to provide vegetables for the needy in the community.

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The 55-by-85 foot garden is adjacent to the parking lot at Davis Memorial, and grew over 3-thousand pounds of vegetables in their first year. Over 100 volunteers helped in the effort, and it's expected that the garden will grow in size in 2014.

Kerns also echoed Wilson's passion about the Taylorville Community Garden, as well as another project called “Mission for Taylorville” which provides minimal home repair and yard work to homes in need. Last year, Kerns said some 169 volunteers completed some 53 projects. All material and labor are provided at no cost. Kerns is hoping to complete 50 projects on this year's date of June 7th, and then have a 2nd work day in the fall. To apply to have a project completed at your home, contact Kerns at Davis Memorial Christian Church for an application form.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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