Mar 26 2016

Community Shows Generosity During Lions Worldwide Week of Service

Cedar Key WWS

The Cedar Key Lions Club recently completed a Worldwide Week of Service. They joined Lions around the globe for this community service project. In early January, Lion volunteers braved raw winds and cold temperatures. For a week, they collected donations of food and clothing in front of the Cedar Key Post Office. At the same time, Lion volunteers coordinated donations at City Hall, Cedar Key Episcopal Church, Cedar Key Methodist Church and Cedar Key Baptist Church. The Lions served residents of Cedar Key well. The local results were impressive.

Lions Club President, Eileen Bowers, remarked, “The generosity of Cedar Key residents is overwhelming. Besides over $200 in cash donations, Lions Club volunteers collected more than $500 worth of food and several hundred articles of clothing and blankets.”

Sharing the results of this week long collection effort proved to be a challenge. Volunteers gathered donations from collection points across our island community. Then, items were sorted and boxed. Larry Feldman generously provided his pickup and U-Haul trailer. With Feldman at the wheel, Cedar Key Lions proceeded with deliveries on another frigid day.

Clothing and blankets were delivered to Grace Marketplace Homeless Shelter. Cheryl Twombly, DCF Community Development Administrator, stated, “We are so grateful for the assistance provided through the Lions Club of Cedar Key’s blanket and clothing drive. For our homeless neighbors dealing with nights dipping into the 30’s, being able to access coats, blankets and warm clothing means survival.” Food donations helped stock the shelves of the Cedar Key Food Pantry. “We were amazed at how much food the Lions collected and delivered to us,” said Donna Beach of the Cedar Key Food Pantry.

The Cedar Key Lions Club thanks City Hall; the Baptist, Episcopal and Methodist churches; each and every volunteer; and especially the citizens of Cedar Key for opening their hearts to help the less fortunate.