Leos make Christmas better for those in need


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It is the last day of the first semester and the day before Christmas break. After a long day at school, we are picked up by our advisors at the two high schools to head to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center for “Senior Power Hour.”

This is one of the Bear Mountain Leos monthly service projects. Each month, we spend time with the residents after school for two hours. Today, we spent the day painting nails, playing farkle, decorating Christmas cookies, putting a monkey puzzle together and playing with cats (Boomer and Emma).

Spending time with the seniors gives us so much joy. Giving them a few hours enriches their lives and ours.

Later that afternoon, we gathered at the Lions’ clubhouse to make care packages for the residents at the Brother Francis Shelter. We put gloves, hand warmers, peanuts, soap, crackers and hot chocolate into Ziploc bags for 100 people. (Thanks for the help from the AIH store clerks for picking out nice gloves.)

After this, we made pumpkin muffins and brownies to deliver this weekend to the shelter.

This is our busiest time of year as we participate in the Tree of Giving along with our own monthly projects. We are a youth service organization dedicated to making our community a better place. You can help us and your community by joining the Bear Mountain Leo’s and have fun doing it. We guarantee you will have fun as our advisors ensure that happens. The past three years we have completed 26 to 30 projects each year.

We meet every Thursday at the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club from 4 to 5 p.m. JOIN US.

During our mid-winter convention, we promised there would be 35 members by February. We have 12, and your help is needed. If you want to serve your community by volunteering, come join us.

Our club has competed internationally and received the Lions International Club Excellence Award for several years. We strive to make this a better place for everyone. Our advisors are committed to helping mold us into productive adults who care about our community.

 

If you would like to learn more about being a Lion, visit www.lionsclubs.org, or find us on Facebook at Bear Mt. Leos. Call Karen Burns at 242-1129 with questions or information.

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