When you think peanuts this time of year in Forest Park, it doesn’t mean Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie Brown. But Kiwanis Peanut Days are all about kids.

Forest Park’s Kiwanis club was started in 1923 and has been serving children of the area since then. From Cub Scout uniforms to trips to the circus, to high school service organizations, Kiwanis has contributed to organizations for kids of Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest.

Peanut Day is the club’s biggest event of the year. The event starts Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday afternoon.

Peanut Day Volunteers in Kiwanis vests stand in high pedestrian traffic storefronts throughout the village and solicit donations. Contributors are given a bag of peanuts.

The club raises money not only to support community social service agencies, but also to finance the unique programs of other organizations, whose volunteers help Kiwanis give away peanuts for donations and receive a share of the profits.

Kiwanis is an International Service Organization with more than 10,000 local clubs and 650,000 members worldwide. The Forest Park Kiwanis Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:45 p.m. -8:30 p.m. in R Place at 1527 S. Harlem Ave. in Forest Park.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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