The Shelton Community Lions Club hopes to raise enough canned food at their tables outside of in White Hills and in Huntington for 10 Easter baskets for impoverished Shelton families this Easter.
The Lions Club is requesting donations of canned ham, beans, corn peas, potatoes or yams, instant potatoes, coffee, dry milk, Carnation, Parmalot, Easter candy, jelly beans and non-refrigerated margarine. They will be manning tables outside of IGA Supermarket in White Hills on March 22, 28 and 29, and again on April 5 from 4 - 7 p.m., as well as a table outside of Beechwood Supermarket in Huntington on March 26 and 27, and April 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.
The club, which was recently chartered in January of 2010, consists of “24 good, solid members” said Deidre Kennedy, the Lions Club secretary.
The Easter baskets are one of many charitable activities that the new organization is running. For instance, during their most recent meeting on March 21, the Lions collected and sorted hundreds of eye glasses and frames to be reused by people that cannot afford new glasses.
The Lions club recently had an eye screening for over 60 people at Pitney Bowes, according to Frank Yaworowski, Shelton Lions Club president.
“That was the first one we did,” said Yaworowski, “obviously we’re going to try and take it out to the community.”
The Shelton Lions Club also aids Shelton's assisted living center Crosby Commons, the Fidelco Guide Dog program and CRIS Radio, Connecticut’s only radio reading program, which aids the vision-impaired by reading national and Connecticut newspapers and magazines, according to the radio’s website.
The club meets twice a month on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Shelton Community Center. Anyone interested in joining the Lions Club can come to the meetings and talk to Ann Walsh or Frank Yaworowski.