BIG IMPACT WITH LIONS CLUB SERVICE PROJECTS DON’T BE SHY Alert local news media to club activities. Appointing one media-savvy member as club public relations chair will help increase positive publicity. Cinderella’s Closet Stocked by Lions Some lucky young women in Maryland have a group of very enthusiastic “fairy godmothers”—only they know them as members of the Aberdeen Lioness Lions Club. Formerly a group of Lionesses who were chartered as a Lions club in 2003, these members know that every girl, no matter how economically challenged, deserves a chance to dance with her prince at the ball—or prom. Lions collected more than 300 dresses, new and lightly used, from various drop-off sites. Donated frocks of any size, preferably less than four years old, were accepted. It was first-come, first-served at three “Cinderella’s Closet” locations where girls could show their student identification and select the gown of their choice. Food Collection a Community Effort Working in partnership with others, Lions in Northern Virginia helped collect more than 1,800 pounds of food to make meals for people in need in their communities. According to Fairfax Host Lion Dennis Brining, members of his club and the Tysons Corner and Merrifield Lions clubs participated with the Fairfax Education Association and Fairfax County Public Schools in the campaign to restock the community “Food for Others” pantry. “The canned food collected has a wholesale value of approximately $3,000 and will contribute to more than 1,800 meals,” Brining says. “We plan to make this an annual event and believe that it will grow in time to further help the local community in times of need.” The goal for 2012 is to top two tons of food. “Even though Northern Virginia is considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, we still face a poverty rate of five percent,” Brining points out. “This means, based on U.S. Census figures, that 90,183 persons are living in poverty—30 percent of whom are children. We’re trying to build a stronger, healthier community.”
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