A unique jewel within our community

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 20:00

Majestic mountain vistas, rivers filled with wild salmon, and bald eagles soaring above; Eagle River, Alaska is the land of plenty. When the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club embarked upon International Lions President Tam’s request for Lions worldwide to plant trees, we chose to deviate from the typical Alaskan Spruce and Birch, and diversify the landscape with fruit trees.

With our apple trees in tow, and after much deliberation, we scowered the community and found the perfect home for these unique and special trees. Why this choice? Just as these trees are special and unique to the Alaskan landscape, their new home is a special and unique jewel within our community that gives youth recovering from drug and alcohol abuse a chance at a new, brighter, and clean life for themselves and those around them.

Together, the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions and the youth of Volunteers of America, ARCH Home, gathered to dig the holes and plant the trees. This coming together of people from different backgrounds and different generations demonstrated a core Lion belief, that together, no matter who we are, or where we come from, we can work together to make our communities a beautiful place.

After the tree planting, the Lions sat with the kids and shared the sugar free apple pies they had brought with them to celebrate this event. This project was a humbling reminder that even the smallest project can have a lasting impression; sitting with the kids, enjoying their laughter, smiles, comments, and the appreciation shown by each of them, reminded us all what a difference a small amount of time and money can make in the life of another.

For more information on your local lions clubs visit www.sleepingladylionsclub.org or call Amy at 301-9179.

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