Lions Help a Neighbor in Dire Need Tracee Johnson had been aware of the Olympia Capitol Lions Club near her Washington home for years. She packed backpacks with food and dropped them off at her daughter’s high school so the youth in her community who receive free lunches would have food each weekend. But as a single working mother of three teenagers, she didn’t have time to join the Lions. When Johnson broke her back in a devastating car accident only to see her son incur the same injuries in a similar accident less than a year later, local Lions were there to help. Tracee spent four and a half months out of work and underwent several surgeries. When a tree fell on the front porch of her home and made it impossible to use the front door, Lions Roger Bryant and Tony Gunn spent a weekend rebuilding the deck. The club is known locally for building wheelchair ramps and Gunn says they spent $200 and about 20 hours reconstructing a porch for the Johnson family. Q&A:Tracee Johnson LION Magazine: How did your porch get damaged? Tracee Johnson: I was sleeping in my bedroom and all of the sudden I heard this big thud. My sons were sleeping on couches in the living room. I went out there and looked and they were OK. Everything seemed to be OK. When I opened up the front door, there was nothing but tree. You couldn’t get out of the front door. The Lions came out and removed the tree, then Lion Tony Gunn said, “You know, the Lions do wheelchair ramps. Maybe the Lions would be willing to rebuild your porch.” Besides not being physically able to do the work, I was also not financially able. My last back surgery wiped out all my savings. LM: What happened after you applied for assistance? TJ: I think I got an e-mail that said I had been accepted. I figured they were just going to put some steps down and stick the railing back up that was knocked off, but they did a beautiful job. I cannot tell you how much it means to me and the kids to be able to use our front door again! I never really went out on that porch before and now I’ve got a chair out there. We can go out and sit on the steps and there’s sun in the evening on that porch. I couldn’t have done it on my own even if I didn’t have a broken back. God bless all concerned and please keep up the excellent work you do!
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