Lions Giving to Fisher House
Many of you may not know about the Fisher House. It is a comfortable “home away from home” for service members, veterans, and their family members located on JBER. It provides a warm and compassionate environment for families to heal and support each other while receiving treatment at local hospitals.
The Chugiak Lions provided a feast of Lucky Wishbone chicken last week which included cole slaw, beans, pasta salad, rolls and various desserts. When providing the meals they are put in the common area where guests can either eat in the dinning area or take to their private rooms. Should the guests decide to remain in the dining area, lions spend their time talking with the guests and providing them with a little companionship and diversion from the stresses of their day. Many of the guests are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other emotional issues where they are not comfortable in crowds. This state of the art facility accommodates their needs.
Donating meals is just one way you can help bring a little bit of home to those so far from their homes while serving our country. Helping out can be as easy as taking guests to their appointments or maybe help with cleaning the kitchen. Many of the guests are from outlying areas such as Kodiak or Juneau, where they cannot receive the type of care we take for granted here in the Anchorage area. Recently, one of our own was housed at the Fisher House for several months while waiting for her first child to be born. Juneau could not provide for her care so she was medevaced here. She was a former president of the Sleeping Lady Lions and Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions. Because of this facility, she was able to stay and deliver a healthy baby.
Lions give from the heart in many ways. If you would like to learn more about being a lion, please visit www.lionsclubs.org.
There are three lions clubs in the area; Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Lions. Visit us at www.eagleriverlions.com, or www.sleepingladylions.org. You can always call me at 242-1129 to learn more about giving to your community.