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Published on Nov 19, 2011

Davenport, Iowa -- Local Chiropractic students volunteer time and find an effective way to raise money for local charities and food shelters in what seem the least likely places -- the streets!
Every November for the last two years, as part of their local Chiropractic club (Maximized Living), students have spent Friday nights and Saturday mornings near the corner of 14th and Brady. They are asking for selfless donations of change and spare blankets from drivers at stoplights, as part of their annual blanket drive.

"I grew up in a home where there was always food on the table and a blanket to cover up with when it was cold" says club Co-President Cassie Kelley. " Being involved with the blanket drive for 3 years now has taught me to be more thankful for what I have."

Last year the student's collected over $2,000 which was donated to a local church, The Center, to help fund their food drive program for the homeless and needy.

"Children under the age of 18 accounted for 39% of the homeless population and 42% of these children were under the age of five. The Blanket Drive is not ultimately a cause to raise money and blankets, but this event is about human beings who need our help," says Kelley.

As part of their Chiropractic training, the Maximized Living club has focused on helping and giving back to their community. They have demonstrated the importance of giving not only their money, but their time through various activities. The club mentors students at the Lydia Home, works with Kids Against Hunger, volunteers to help at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, and makes donations to various organizations and individuals.

"As humans, we take many things for granted. I believe in not only giving money and material things, but giving of myself and my time," says Kelley. "As a club, we are excited to have the opportunity to serve our community and those in need to a much greater capacity. It's a great example of how a group of students working together within the community can make a substantial difference in the lives of many."

The blanket drive will begin Friday, November 11th at 4pm and continue through that Saturday at noon. Donations of blankets and spare change will be collected at the stoplights of 14th and Brady.

The club is part of a larger organization called Maximized Living which consists of hundreds of Doctors of Chiropractic worldwide that seek to change the way people view and manage their health through the inside-out. They do this by educating and delivering the Five Essentials of Health: Mindset, Nervous System, Nutrition, Exercise, and Detoxification.

For more information, visit www.MaximizedLiving.com.


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