Easter weekend this year was a joyful time indeed. Children gleefully awoke to candy and maybe even a soft plushy rabbit to greet them. After everyone had their initial sugar buzz, the family departed for any of the generously-offered egg hunts around the neighborhood. The bells rung, the horns sounded, and the cheering commenced; the hunt was on. It’s a race to find and collect the eggs while trying not to fall in the mad dash through the snow. In no time at all, the quest had finished. Then parents collected special memories and thought of how much kids have grown.
Veterans make up more than one-fifth of Chugiak-Eagle River’s population. To help serve this important part of our community, Lions Club has been fortunate to work in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Here is a little history for those who might like to know about the Easter Bunny. Early German writings from the 1500s mention the legend of the Easter Bunny. As the legend goes, the Easter Bunny visited good children and laid colored eggs for them in nests that the children would make out of their hats. As the story of the Easter bunny spread throughout the country, Easter baskets became the tradition. The bunny expanded its edible Easter gifts to children as the decades went by, with candies, chocolates and even small toys becoming popular deliveries.
It’s that time of year again for the Annual Eagle River Lions FREE Kids Ice Fishing Derby. Lion Pat Mahoney has chaired this project for 16 years, and has seen thousands of young children with red cheeks and smiling proud faces, holding up their fish to have them measured with the hopes of getting a great prize.
Donating your old eyeglasses can save someone in a developing nation from unemployment. With the cost of glasses equaling a year’s salary in some countries, donated eyeglasses are the only feasible way to bring sight to many visually impaired. These recycled eyeglasses can be the difference between a blacksmith continuing his work or closing up shop, or the factor that enables a woman to support herself by doing embroidery rather than becoming destitute.
The Sleeping Lady Mt. Lions Club will be holding our annual Valentine’s Dinner and Auction on Feb. 14 from 6 until 10 p.m. We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.
Aren’t we fortunate as Alaskans to be able to plan on a Permanent Fund Dividend check again this year? As you apply for your PFD between now and the March 31 deadline, remember that you can choose to give some of it to the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and more than 300 other charities serving our neighbors.
Lions Clubs International President Joe Preston is inviting Lions around the world to celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones on Jan. 13 by serving their communities. To honor the legacy of our founder, Lions around the world are invited to join the Worldwide Week of Service on Jan. 10-16, 2015. I would like to invite you in our community to join us.
Each year the Eagle River Lions gather food supplies from the local elementary school to assist in the preparation of 50 food baskets for the needy in our community. All with the can and dried goods, they provide each family with gift cards to purchase the meat of their choice. Our community was very supportive of this request for assistance allowing our club to provide the families with meals for the holiday seaon. Chugiak Lions raised money and provided food baskets to the Chugiak Children Services for each of their families to enjoy the holidays.
A few days ago it was Christmas morning. For many people, excitement and smells of a holiday feast filled the air. Gifts were nestled under the tree wrapped in brightly colored paper and bows. Children were wide-eyed in awe of what was inside the box that had their name on it. Dazzling lights and sounds of jingle bells provided a backdrop to this much anticipated moment. It was a time for family and friends to come together, exchange gifts, feast, and for many to celebrate the birth of Jesus.