The Cayagan de Oro Metro Lions Club in the Philippines got their kettles and spoons out to feed more than 200 destitute children who live near a residential subdivision. The program was instituted to not only help feed the youngsters but also to improve relations between community members and the children’s families who are considered squatters. The homeowners association near where the families unlawfully live helped coordinate the efforts. A community park was turned into a makeshift kitchen and staging area, and Lions reported their surprise at how many more children than expected asked to be fed. No one was turned away. In fact, a surplus of food prompted Lions to invite the children’s parents to join them. Many accepted and not only stayed for lunch but also helped their hosts with preparation and clean-up efforts. Club president Eduardo Wahiman says that children began gathering in the park as early as 7 a.m. for their free lunch. “Utmost joy and happiness are really what you get when you share your blessings with others,” he says.
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