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Community joins together to help the hungry

by Sarah Morris - Copy Editor
Tue, Jan 30th 2018 10:00 pm

The Brockport Lions Club hosted its annual Stuff the Trailer food drive to help support the local food shelf, whose mission is “to reduce hunger by providing food relief to eligible residents,” according to its website. 

The event, which took place on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Brockport Vets Club on West Avenue, included free chili, hot chocolate and music for those who came to participate and donate.

The music was put on by the Brockport community, people who gathered with their own instruments and voices to entertain those who came to support the food shelf. Along with that was a long line of tables full of hot, homemade food.

Last year, the Lions Club’s food drive didn’t see as many donations as it would’ve liked, but Lions Club President Charlie Deacon says that this year was much better thanks to the warm weather and people eager to perform music. 

This year was the first time there was live music during the food drive. 

“The music this year was a nice plus,” Deacon said. “The community is very generous.”

The Lions Club does more than just host the annual food drive. It also puts on a summer camp, called Camp Abilities, for the physically impaired, which is hosted by The College at Brockport. 

“It’s for handicap, blind, and visually impaired kids,” Deacon said. “It’s like a summer camp. They have the chance to do everything they never got to do  —  archery, kayaking, horseback riding, swimming, judo. Tons of things. It’s supported by all the Lions Groups in this area.” 

Distinguished service professor Lauren Lieberman wants everyone in the Brockport Community to know that they should apply as soon as possible. 

“I think it’s nice, the combination of the community and the college,” Lieberman said. “The sooner the better. Our registration is right now for college students to sign up.”

Other events the Lions Club puts on include a gold tournament in June, a car cruise-in and the BISCO Arts Festival and more to help better the Brockport community. 

“We once gave a tree to every fourth grader and they’d take them home to plant them,” Deacon said. “We like to help the environment.”

Keith Marshall of the Lions Club expects future Stuff the Trailer events to turn out even better. 

“We’re hoping to get more [support],” Marshall said. “As far as this event, we want bigger and better donations.” 

Anyone interested and dedicated to helping others can join the Lions Club and do their part to improve the lives of those in need. 

“We have a lot of students here that have to do some community service and check us out,” Marshall said. “We can use all the help we get.”

The Lions Club is the world’s largest service club organization with 46,000 clubs and located in more than 200 countries and geographical areas all around the world. The Brockport Lions Club which meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the Brockport Area Vets Club. Each meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes dinner. 

 

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