YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Lions have donated $500 to Lions Clubs International Foundation for Nepal Disaster Relief in honor of Gyaljen Nuru Sherpa, a local restauranteur, that started an initiative to help his family’s village in Nepal after the devastating Earthquakes this spring. 

Sherpa is the owner of Jewel of the Himalaya located in the Triangle Shopping Center in Yorktown Heights and still has family living in the village of Khumbu. He also lost a cousin in the earthquakes. Sherpa is planning to take off some time this fall and will be returning to Nepal to help with the rebuilding process. 

The Lions decided that they wanted to help Sherpa with his efforts after they were brought to light by Lion Tricy Cushner. 

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“He is a staple in our community,” Cushner said about Sherpa. “I’ve noticed that the whole community is coming to him. Families are looking for the right way to help.”
The Lions board voted on the donation at a board meeting in May.

“LCIF has had Lions volunteering in Nepal from the start of this disaster and we knew that the money donated would help to serve Nuru’s mission,” said Lions President Ed Lachterman. “The funds were earmarked specifically to help the rebuilding efforts.”

The Yorktown chapter of Lions International was founded in 1960. It is comprised of local members of the community who serve to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors, with an emphasis on the vision impaired. Some of the community events sponsored by the club include the Halloween parade and carnival, Santa visits to special needs children, summer concerts at the Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field and the Yorktown Easter egg hunt. In addition, the Lions work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, My Brother Vinny, The Montross VA, local food banks, Support Connection and the Yorktown schools in the form of the Leos—the high school version of the Lions—and four yearly high school scholarships.

The information in this article was provided by the Yorktown Lions Club. For more information on joining the Yorktown Lions, visit its web site: yorktownlions.com.