Club News - December 2022

Jefferson Lions in Texas celebrated the opening of their annual Enchanted Forest with a lighting ceremony featuring 100 decorative Christmas trees, right after the town’s Christmas parade. Jefferson Lions Club president Peggy Walker said, “It’s a Hallmark Christmas kind of thing for our community.”

The Avon Grove Leos in Pennsylvania collected 800-plus stuffed animals through the Raise Craze fundraiser. Students donated gently used stuffed animals to the Orphan Grain Train, and Leos delivered the stuffed animals and spent the day packing almost 200 boxes that will be shipped to areas affected by natural disasters.

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Avon Grove Leos collected more than 800 stuffed animals.

The Stirling and District Lions Club in Ontario, CAN, is collecting cigarette butts and sending them off to the company, TerraCycle. TerraCycle turns the cigarette butts into plastic pellets to be used for various recycled products including shipping pallets, ashtrays, and park benches. The club also collects pop cans.

The Emporia Lions Club in Kansas donated US1,000 for the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign and volunteered to ring bells at local sites.

In Indiana, the Heritage Lions are working with Changing Footprints to gather shoes for the disadvantaged. Changing Footprints. a volunteer, non-profit organization with five distribution locations in Indiana, has collected more than 500,000 pairs of shoes over 17 years. Damaged athletic shoes are converted into playground padding or running tracks through the Nike Grind program.

The Prospect, Ohio Lions collected 1,978 used eyeglasses and sponsored the annual NASCAR dinner and auction to provide funds for up to 10 scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

The Oxford Lions in Pennsylvania partnered with the Avon Grove Lions to do eye screenings at the Elk Ridge Elementary School in Oxford. Lions screened about 80 students who missed out during the pandemic.

Glen Ellyn Lions in Illinois helped support the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center Thanksgiving celebration at two elementary schools, providing turkey legs at one, and pizza at the other.

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Glen Ellyn Lions worked kitchen duty to help the Children’s Resource Center.

In Kansas, Lions Club International Director Deb Weaverling helped secure enough Bombas brand socks for each student in the Basehor-Linwood school district, Bonner Springs Elementary School, and families who are served by the Basehor Linwood Assistance Services. Lions clubs in Basehor, Tonganoxie and Leavenworth received 4,000 pairs of socks for distribution through her efforts.

A common Cape Breton practice is to stock that fridge and freezer just before a big storm hits, but in the case of post-tropical storm Fiona, that plan-ahead practice led to widespread spoiled food as the powerful storm knocked power out across the island, rendering fridges and freezers useless. With help from a US$10,000 ($13,700 Canadian) LCIF grant, the Glace Bay Lions in Nova Scotia, were able to help 130 people in the Glace Bay area replenish the food that was in fridges and freezers when Fiona hit.

The Elburn Lions in Illinois host a free community spaghetti dinner on the fourth Tuesday of every month, welcoming all with spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, and dessert.

In Wisconsin, the Norwalk Lions Club, along with many area businesses, sold raffle tickets for a truck drawing at Morrie's Auto. Proceeds of US$12,500 went to local schools.

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Norwalk Lions had a truck raffle to support local schools.