When New Lenox Lions in Illinois are asked to help the community, no one has to ask twice. In less than two years from the time township officials inquired of Lions if they were willing to undertake the building of a kitchen for a senior housing complex, the first meals were served. The actual construction work only took two months, says John Lucas, 2008-09 club president. The real hard work began with the fundraising. Luckily for officials, many of the New Lenox Lions are skilled tradesmen. “We had the ability to pool resources,” Lucas explains, so the project came together fairly easily for them. Lions constructed the 270-square-foot kitchen in the center’s community room, where it will be used to prepare food for residents and the township’s 700 Meals on Wheels recipients. The facility is state-of-the-art. Lions did the plumbing, installed heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and installed electrical lines. They netted $10,000 from a Fourth of July sweepstakes raffle, $15,000 from a dinner dance and silent auction and hosted hundreds of people at a Breakfast with Santa. While planning the kitchen project, they remained active around the community with their usual service projects. They supply Christmas and Easter baskets for people in need, stock a local food pantry, pay for vision and hearing needs and sponsor scholarships.
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