WARREN, NJ - Warren Lions Club members and other volunteers spent the morning of Saturday, Nov. 16 making sure some local families have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Through a team effort among more than 50 Lions, teenage Leos, and Girl Scouts, the volunteers donated more than 240 Thanksgiving meals to local families, food banks and other not-for-profit organizations in the area.
This has been an annual holiday tradition for the Warren Lions for over 20 years. “It’s one of our bigger community projects,’ said Burt Eng, local business owner of the Primrose School of Warren and Project chairman. “It has been my pleasure to have been able to lead this project for the past seven years. It was another amazing year which won’t be possible without the generosity, hard work and commitment of our members and community.”
The Warren Lions arrived at the ShopRite of Stirling around 8 a.m. to purchase the turkeys, potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix and more. All purchases were made with funds generated, donated by or to the Lions Club. From there, the meals were transported to Elks Lodge 885 in Warren, where volunteers assembled the complete dinner baskets. The Lions, along with Leo Club members, Girl Scouts and a handful of community volunteers worked in an assembly line for about two hours to pack the baskets.
The meals were then either delivered to or picked up by the local beneficiaries. Food was donated to the Food Bank of Plainfield, the Food Bank of Bound Brook, the ARC of Somerset County, local churches and local families.
“It’s an incredibly rewarding experience,” Eng said. “First It is great opportunity to give some assistance to some families in need. Secondly, it is also a great an opportunity to educate the younger generation on how important community service is.” In the last few years, Warren Leos (Warren Lion’s youth division), and the local girl scouts have joined with the Lions to make this project bigger and better each year. “Each year we all are reminded to be thankful for what we have and how we are always in a position to help others. I have made it a point to bring my children to this great event for the past six years.” said Eng.
The Warren Lions Club is approximately 70 members strong and a member of the Lions International community. Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization.
The Warren Township Lions Club was charted in 1948 by local dedicated community members who shared a core belief: to serve their community. While our core service mission is to prevent blindness and improve vision, we also look to better our local community and assist in a broad range of humanitarian needs. The Warren Lions Club donates to over 35 charities and needs-based projects each year; we support the hungry, local children and schools, cancer research, seniors, the physically disadvantaged, our Armed Services, and much more. Our efforts would not be possible without the community’s support and attendance.
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