By Sandy Woolverton
Sandwiched between World Wide Week of Service (Lions Clubs International) and Random Acts of Kindness Week, the Hollywood Lions launched their first annual food drive. The event was held at Grocery Outlet in Hollywood. We are grateful to the local people who contributed nearly 750 pounds of nonperishable food.
Lions serve their local communities. The Hollywood Lions have served the Hollywood district since 1928. That being said, the benefactors of our food drive were local people in need. According to statistics, the food collected will serve 500 meals. Donations were made as well and addition food and toiletries were purchased.
Many of our club members were able to work the four hour time frame. Lion Mel Trotter was the organizer; he is well known in our community and is an asset to the Hollywood Lions. The club used flyers, a sandwich board and the Grocery Outlet reader board to advertise the week prior to the event.
Flyers were handed out at the store the day of the event giving people an idea as to what was needed.
A big thank you goes out to Lion’s Jack Alvord, Greg Arntson, Mary Ganon, Arlene Halverson, Ray Howard, Dan Norton, Melinda Palmer, Allison Stoll, Bill Stout, John Tarver and co-chair Sandy Woolverton. Thank you to Alyssa Adcock of Housing Services who assisted us in food distribution. Most of all we would like to thank Grocery Outlet for all that they did for us.
Among the many service projects performed this year by the Hollywood Lions are these: Flags for first graders where we provide flags and background of our US flag to each first grader; Old McDonald’s Farm Pumpkin Pick; toys for Shepard’s Door; Screening of children for sight and hearing at local schools. Our next project is to screen and provide eyeglasses for approximately 20 adults in our community. This will be done at Lion Thuy Tran’s Rose City Vison.
We are proud to be Lions and represent the Hollywood community. If you would like to know more about Lions, we meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month for lunch at Gustav’s. You can also contact Jack Alvord at 503-287-2726.