The All Nations Lions Club in Budapest, Hungary, cooked and served meals to 300 low-income men, women and children. The president of the Hungarian Chefs Association joined Lions with a team of professional cooks to help cook the pasta dinner that Lions served to their guests. For the past 10 years, the 25-member club has supported a food pantry and organization that finds housing for families in need. The club’s efforts to provide free eyeglasses, clothing and food to those who live in poverty cost approximately US$6,500 annually. Happy first-and second-graders at Lewiston elementary school in Michigan wave their gift certificates for free ice cream given to them by Lewiston Lions and Lionesses to celebrate the end of school. “We wanted to say thanks for a job well done, enjoy your summer and your ice cream!” explains Lion Jodie Newsome. A total of 228 certificates were distributed to students, faculty and staff. To honor veterans and commemorate the 70th anniversary of Iwo Jima, the Fairhaven Lions Club in Massachusetts sponsored floats in their town’s Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades. Lions were assisted by volunteers from a high school and Marine Corps League detachment who helped design and operate the float during both events. Members of the Poulsboro Lions Club and Poulsboro Evening Pride Branch Lions Club partnered with a Rotary club and U. S. Navy personnel from the Bangor Submarine Base in Washington. They collected more than 6,400 pounds of food and $2,465 in donations at five local supermarkets. The funds and food were donated to the North Kitsap Fishline food bank. Rockaway Lions in New Jersey held a holiday party that attracted more than 200 families in need. Guests received a free dinner, and each child received a gift from Santa. Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Lions in Canada spend $4,000 to provide breakfast for needy elementary school students. The students were identified by school staff and now receive nutritious food before school begins. In Iowa, the Newton Lions Club donated $500 to a senior center, profits from a pancake breakfast Lions sponsor. The Baton Rouge Lakeshore Lions Club in Louisiana raised $3,000 by sponsoring a women’s tennis tournament. Each player was given a prize drawing ticket for participating, but also received a second ticket by donating a pair of used eyeglasses. More than 150 pairs of donated glasses were collected from participants and attendees. Other significant fundraisers include a spring skeet shoot and poinsettia sale. The Odessa Downtown Lions Club in Texas cleared and removed more than 53 bags of trash from a vacant property that had been used as an unsightly dumping ground. Marrero Lions in Louisiana have honored first responders on World Service Day by treating them to a lunch of red beans and rice, salad and dessert. Lions served 125 meals to police officers and firefighters. A teacher helps a table of preschoolers at a daycare facility supported by Lions. When Henderson Lions in Tennessee learned the school for children from low-income families was facing closure, they rallied to save it along with the city, churches and other organizations. They all united to give the school a new look and support its efforts to provide quality care and learning opportunities for children whose parents have few options. “Everyone in Hendersonville came to the rescue,” says Lion Charlie Joseph. “Bobby Fentress, a Lion for 35 years and a painting contractor, sent in his crew and they painted all 11 of the daycare’s rooms for free.” It would have cost $10,000 had Fentress not volunteered his time and materials. Sebastian Lions in Florida donated $7,000 to the Indian River County Special Olympics. Lions have so far donated more than $25,000 to the program in five years by sponsoring “poker runs” in which bikers and bicyclists visit several locations to receive random playing cards. The participant with the best poker hand wins. The Phoenix Phil-Am Lions Club in Arizona raised money by preparing and serving a simple porridge called lugaw, described by Lion Macbeth Torno as a “symbol that reminds us there are a lot of people out there who are crying out for help. Lugaw tells us that poverty is very real.” Lions expected to make only $2,000; they quadrupled that amount. The Perkasie Lions Club in Pennsylvania refurbished a mailbox into a blue and gold eyeglass receptacle that now is prominently displayed in front of the borough hall building. Borough employees helped Lions anchor the receptacle after it was obtained from another club in Philadelphia no longer using it. In Illinois, the Sandwich Lions Club gave a $1,200 donation to Fox Valley Older Adults Services to help the facility replace a leaking roof. The Foresthill Lions Club in California partnered with the 4-Wheelers Club to sponsor a pancake breakfast to raise money to bring an allergy alert dog to a 3-year-old who suffers from life-threatening nut allergies. The event was attended by 200 people and raised more than $6,000. Peoria Sunset Lions and the City of Peoria in Arizona united to collect donations from the community and send hundreds of packages to troops stationed overseas. Shipping costs for the goodie-filled boxes cost more than $5,000. Georgia Gwinnett College has its first Campus Lions club, organized by the Lawrenceville Lions. The new club was chartered with 26 members. The Bayse-Bryce Mountain Lions of Virginia have helped families in need for 15 years by donating Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. In 2014, food baskets valued at $9,000 were distributed to nearly 100 families. Centerville Lion Steve Sheckles of Indiana helps with a children’s game at the club’s annual Halloween party for children. Lions and Leos, dressed in costumes, provide treats and games to entertain youngsters and their families at a school gym. Lions have sponsored the party since 1960 with an average attendance of 200 children, says James Resh. “We give out prizes for best costume, and the kids play a lot of games. Their favorite is always the cake walk.” The Sonora Lions Club in California collected more than 1,900 pairs of used eyeglasses for recycling. Elementary schools donated 1,100 pairs to collection. The Chester Lions Club in New Jersey distributed $20,000 during last holiday season to area churches and synagogues and other organizations that help people in need. The Irving Noon Day Lions Club in Texas made several contributions to community organizations, including a food bank, a veterans group, the Texas Lions Camp and the Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation. The Maryville Pride Lions Club in Missouri gave $500 to the Nodaway County Historical Society to help pay for the heating costs of its museum so that it can remain open during winter months. Dayton Noon Lions in Texas give an annual donation to the foster care agency in their community to buy holiday gifts for foster children. Cullman Lions in Alabama united with a local newspaper to sponsor a food drive that provided more than 190,000 pounds of food for families in need. Lions raised $20,207 for the drive, the equivalent of 141,500 pounds of donated provisions. Fenwick Island Lions in Delaware have screened an average of 500 children for vision problems in local schools for the past 20 years. Manila Divisoria Lions in the Philippines collected books and encyclopedias for children in a day care facility for families who live in poverty.
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