Kiwanis Club of San Jose's "Gabes Day" This is an annual event that has continued for 9 years. It is in memory of Gabe Carson

By Julie Bernas-Pierce

Even before I rounded the corner near my San Jose destination, I knew I was in the right neck of the woods.

The sound of saws, drills, sanders and good conversation drew me in like a bee to the hive. And this hive was abuzz with the dedication and generosity of members of the San Jose Kiwanis Club, who for eight years have annually purchased materials and added their construction prowess to create forty resonance boards and toy bars—all elements of play environments for children served by Blind Babies Foundation, who are developmentally under the age of three years.

The local Salvation Army Center plaza provided a perfect outdoor space for the Kiwanis members and their high school Key and Challenger Club counterparts to come together for this community project. This year included filming of the project by CreaTV, which lent expertise to develop public service announcements for both Kiwanis and Blind Babies Foundation. The best footage was of Independence High School Key Club, Gunderson High School Key Club, and Santa Teresa High School Key Club whose spirit cheer and dance is absolutely Glee- worthy.

The building project is named after Gabe Carson, one of Blind Babies Foundation’s clients, who passed away in 2003. After reminding the dedicated workers about the importance of play and joy in Gabe’s young life, his mom, Rebecca, sister, Amy, and grandmother, Vicki, stood shoulder to shoulder with the Kiwanians to create those same opportunities for the many children whose families will receive the tools necessary to grow, play and develop.

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