Flood relief efforts are ongoing in Swanton and Highgate.
Story by WCAX - Ice jams on the Missisquoi river caused significant flooding, forcing residents from their homes. While the waters have receded, many suffered damage to property and belongings.
Operation Flood Relief is underway. The Swanton-Missisquoi Valley Lions Club held the event the weekend of February 3rd. “Residents have been very grateful very appreciative that our assistance is there,” Souza said. The club received $10,000 from the Lions Club International Foundation(LCIF) disaster relief fund, and an additional $6,000 from the Vermont Lions Charities and other Lions clubs throughout the state, to buy supplies for victims of flooding last month.
Relief includes “A box full of cleaning supplies that includes bleach, and the necessary cleaning supplies to help with the flood cleanup projects. They're also going to get food which has canned goods, cereals, water, and some necessary foods” said Souza. “This is a big deal it’s great that we grouped together as the Lions to get this much money to help with this assistance. It’s really a goal of everybody, to work for the community,” Souza said. Watch the video from WCAX
Grace Cottage Patients Benefit from Vermont Lions Donation
Several members of Vermont Lions Clubs from throughout Vermont and Vermont Lions Charities presented a check to Grace Cottage Hospital on Wednesday, January 17th in the amount of $13,250 to complete the hospital's effort to fund four new generators for Grace Cottage Hospital’s campus.
The donation was the result of an interesting sequence of events. Taylor Young at WCAX-TV (Channel 3, Burlington) had seen Grace Cottage’s Facebook post about the fundraising campaign for four generators, which would enable the hospital to continue operations during power outages. Taylor traveled to Townshend to do a story, which aired three times on WCAX on January 8th. Way up on the Vermont/Canadian border, Connie Laplume of the Troy & Area Lions Club saw the WCAX newscast, and e-mailed Vermont Lions Charities President Stan Patch, who also saw the story air on WCAX and put out a statewide plea. As a result, a $10,000 donation was made from Vermont Lions Charities, with the balance coming from the Troy & Area Lions Club, Valley Lions Club, and Londonderry Tri-Mountain Lions Club.
Learning about how Lions can fight Diabetes
Our very special guest speaker at a recent Vergennes Lions meeting was Colin Foster. Colin was joined by his father, Mark Foster, and he spoke to the club about his Type 1 Diabetes and how it has affected his life. Colin’s parents acquired a German Shepard that is trained to detect the changes in smell when Colin has a sugar high or low, and alert Colin and those around. Their efforts to find the best dog for this job sent them to Germany, and they ended up buying the whole litter. Colin attended Camp Joslin, a summer camp in Massachusetts operated by the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, specifically for youth that live with Type 1 Diabetes. Many Lions clubs sponsor diabetic youth to attend camp Joslin, or the Vermont Overnight Camp also operated by the Barton Center right here in South Hero, VT on the camp Ta-Kum-Ta camp grounds. This year's Vermont Overnight Camp will be July 8-13 2018.
Volunteers packed 920 bags of food in Wilmington Vermont on Friday December 15th, and drove them to recipients throughout the Deerfield Valley on Saturday morning.
Holiday Baskets is an annual event that helps fill the cupboards of over 150 families in nine southern Vermont towns, from Halifax to Wardsboro. Poinsettias of cheer are delivered to several dozen more families and individuals, too. In all, over 450 are served every December.
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