Lions, Lioness help others throughout the year

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In November and December, the Canyon Lake Lioness and Lions Clubs presented checks totaling $1,700 to the HOPE (Helping Our People of Elsinore) food bank in Lake Elsinore. This is an ongoing project for both clubs.

The Lioness Club also made a $300 contribution to Cops For Kids along with many toys provided by the members. And both clubs donated a combined total of $800 to World Services for the Blind, a Little Rock, Arkansas organization sponsored by Lions Clubs International. The organization is having trouble staying open and reached out to Lions and Lioness Clubs across the country.

There is a simple way for Canyon Lakers to help the Lioness’ philanthropic efforts. Once again residents are invited to collect pull-tabs for a fundraising project to benefit Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House. Aluminum pull-tabs can be popped off of soda, beer, soup and other food cans.

Each year Lioness members welcome donations of pull-tabs from residents and combine them with their own collection to take to Redlands College. Many clubs, businesses and organizations throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties deliver the pull-tabs they have collected. The tabs are then weighed and sold with the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House.

The collection will be delivered on Friday, May 1. Anyone wanting to donate pull-tabs may give them to any member of the Lioness Club or deliver them to Joanna Spiller at 23651 Cruise Circle Dr.

The mission of the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House (LLRMH) is to provide a home away from home to families while their children receive medical treatment at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and other nearby hospitals. Most of the children are in critical condition, making it very important that the family is nearby while their child receives treatment. The House opened September 11, 1996 and has served more than 12,000 families from 12 countries.

The LLRMH supports more than 24 families each night. A fee of $10 per night is charged; however, no family is ever turned away due to inability to pay. Funds to operate the House come from contributions through individual gifts, special events, corporate donations and foundation grants.

Join with the Canyon Lake Lioness Club in this great cause by donating pull-tabs.

To learn more, contact Joanna at dinosaurs35@verizon.net.

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