Easter dinner with a Wounded Warrior

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 09:48

Another Easter has come and gone. Some of us had the opportunity to spend the holiday season going to church services and then a grand dinner with friends and family. However, this is hard to do if you are a wounded warrior and living in Alaska when the rest of your family is thousands of miles away. Although JBER provides holiday dinners at the chow hall, it is somewhat problematic for bandaged soldiers and those using crutches or walkers on the ice.

Chugiak Lions prepared an Easter Dinner at the Wounded Warriors’ barracks on Good Friday, April 6. Ham, Turkey, macaroni salad, coleslaw, baked beans, rolls and desserts all greeted our local heroes. In addition, Sharon Sheldon played the Easter Bunny and delivered Easter bags filled with traditional candy and a calling card so the soldiers could call home for the holiday. This is one of many of the annual dinners the Chugiak Lions do for our local wounded veterans.

All four local Lions clubs recognize the vast military presence in our local communities. Most of us are personally touched by these soldiers who give so much and will pay for their dedication for the rest of their lives from wounds they encountered on deployment. We often hear from community members “what can we do?” Joining a Lions club gives you many opportunities to share in military projects or local community projects that help military families. A dinner, like our Easter dinner, is just a small tribute to these men and women. But it is these small things that help make a difference in their daily lives. Think about giving back. Your involvement can simply be working on one project or joining a club to do your part.

You can contact the Chugiak Lions club at 688-3263 (Sharon Sheldon). We meet at the Chugiak Senior Center on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the Adult Day Care (Door D) on the side of the Old Glenn Hwy at 7 p.m. Come join us and find out what we are all about.

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