Anne Ford 2014-11-12 00:56:56
Brooklyn Stuy Park Lions Club, New York Age “39-plus” | Retired Teacher I taught middle school science for 27 years. Some children would come to school with the same dress or the same jeans and shirt on every day. And some children would come to school with a pencil or nothing, and I would ask them, “Where are your school supplies?” They would say, “My mother didn’t buy me any.” So the teachers would put some money together and buy them supplies. When I was president of my Lions club, I started the idea of giving backpacks to schools, filled with supplies. And when we distributed those backpacks, the children were so happy and excited and running around and showing their bags to each other and screaming. And each year, our club donates Thanksgiving baskets with complete meals for families in need, and we deliver the baskets to each family. I will always remember one mother in particular. This mother cried uncontrollably. She was just overwhelmed with emotion. She expressed to us that she had no money and did not know how she was going to feed her children for the special holiday. The feeling I felt that day–it will never leave me. I always wear my Lion pin, and I have it visible, because this I find starts a conversation about Lionism. I’m very, very happy, always, to talk about it; it just brings good feelings whenever I think about Lionism. A couple months ago, my best girlfriend asked me, “Why are you always wearing that pin?” I told her, “By the way, I heard that a Lions club that’s 44 years old and all male is looking for female members.” So she said, “What? I think I might be interested.” I said, “Okay, I got an application in my pocket. Fill it out, and I will give it to the president of the club.” Sure enough, today she’s a Lion and enjoying it.
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