At the heart of Lions clubs, there is one constant: service. Giving your time and energy to others is a fantastic way to help your community. Yet, it also provides a great feeling for you that can spread and have a positive impact on your life and how you approach the world.
As local Lions Clubs, we do lots of social services and help to local people in case of emergency. One of the major projects of our Club is to support the Hunger project whether it is donating food in Nepal Pabitra Sewa, or food distribution during Thanksgiving dinner or Local Homeless and needy low-income people we have always helped in our capacity.
When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves, and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing—and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. But in this difficult time, we can’t do a lot due to the global pandemic, still, we try to find out the way to serve with the caution and maintaining social distance and waring the mask and gloves or sanitizing our hands.
That’s Lions. Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships, and improving the world through kindness. It’s 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.
Just last week we had our business meeting and our Past President Lion Manil Babu Shrestha shared the food distribution project initiated by Sewa Foundation.
For the last couple of months, Sewa International has been hosting its drive-through food distribution event outside its office parking lot. The food distribution event was organized to help the most vulnerable families that are experiencing food insecurity in feeding their families during the COVID-19 crisis. So we just initiated our helping hand to outreach the community to distribute and support their program.
So on October 12th, 2020, we went to pick up boxes of 35lb each to distribute in our community. Our District 4-C3’s District Governor Bill Riddle, VDG James Varghese, and other Lions were already there when we reached and the boxes were ready to be loaded. We just picked up 15 boxes. Our Club President Lion Kesar Thapa and I went to the location to pick up the boxes of packaged food but had not planned where to distribute. We tried to coordinate with Local Nepalese organizations but we didn’t get a quick response since all the foods were perishable and had to distribute or save in the freezer as soon as possible. It was bulk and would take big storage to save for future distribution.
Suddenly I remembered the organization that always help and support local low-income and needy communities. Then I called the office of the Western Service Workers Association (WSWA) located in Oakland California. Since I have been in touch with the organization for the last decade and I had several opportunities to serve their project. The organization is helping and supporting the local community especially focusing on low-income service, domestic, in-home care, part-time and temporary workers since 1975. WSWA is entirely volunteer-run, without a dime of government or other “strings attached” funds.
Long time back when I met Jennifer one of the volunteers of the organization had shared with me the information that they help needy people with emergency food, clothing, preventive medical care, non-emergency dental care, legal advice, and “Know Your Law” sessions and more
So I have inspired the work they provide to the needy community so I quickly called the office if they need any food to distribute to the needy families. Just in a call, they said yes and we decided to contribute all the foods that we had brought for the distribution.
As I read their profile I found that “WSWA members have aided other members yearly by distributing over 100,000 pounds of donated food as part of their supplemental food benefit and advocated alongside other members to restore power and water service to hundreds of families shut off for lack of funds to pay their utility bill”.
So in this pandemic time, lots of families have lost their jobs and living with just basic needs if we support them through them our service would go to the right family who really needs it. So we decided to drop our packaged food and felt happy that my today’s day off passed with service to humanity. Feel proud to be Lion with a motto where there is need there is Lions. Lions Clubs International is actively working with local clubs around the world and monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which is changing the way we live, work, and serve.
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