Season of giving
The season of giving is upon us. The local Lions organizations provide food and gifts for the Chugiak-Eagle River area each year. Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions bring a little bit of happiness to families in need each year.
This time of year all of your local lions come together to spread Thanksgiving and Christmas cheer to as many as they can.
Whether it’s a person to lend an ear while serving dinner, a much-needed bed for some children, or a child smiling as they see Santa’s face, nothing is too small or too large. The Lions help make a family on hard times have a little bit of cheer in their week.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Chugiak Lions and a Bear Mountain Leo provided a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the Wounded Warrior Facility at Fisher House on JBER. Fisher House is a “home away from home” for service members, veterans and their family members. “It provides a warm, compassionate environment for families to heal, and support each other while receiving medical care,” according to the Fisher House website.
Each year, the Chugiak Lions load up their vehicles with food and gifts to make their way to Fisher House. Approximately 80 soldiers and their families gathered in the main hall to say a prayer before indulging in wonderful food and conversation. It is a joyous time to spend giving to those who have given their all to keep us safe. If you find yourself with time to volunteer, I can tell you it is time well spent.
In addition, the Chugiak Lions provided 16 families at the Chugiak Children Services and Chugiak Elementary with complete Thanksgiving dinners, including frozen turkeys and trimmings.
Thanksgiving Day at 5 a.m. at the Eagle River Lions Clubhouse you found a joint effort of all the clubs cooking the annual free community dinner complete with turkey, ham, shrimp, homemade desserts, fruit, relish trays, etc. About 200 people enjoyed the food and entertainment. Please join us at noon Christmas Day at the Eagle River Lions Clubhouse for the same treatment.
The Bear Mountain Leos have been busy collecting packages of socks, gloves and soaps for the Brother Francis Shelter. Today (Thursday, Dec. 19) they will be baking cookies and bread to include with their packages.
They are doing Senior Power Hour with the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, which includes playing games, painting nails and decorating cookies. They distributed candy canes and collected gifts for the Tree of Giving during the tree lighting ceremony at Town Square.
All three Lions clubs and the Bear Mountain Leos will be providing needy families with food baskets and gifts this holiday season. From your Lions families, we all wish you a very merry Christmas.
If you would like to know more about our projects and organization, visit www.sleepingladylions.org, www.lionsclub.org or call Karen Burns at 242-1129.