Brooklyn Pace Setters Lions Club
Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.
Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.
Pace Setters Continues to feed the Less Privileged
Brooklyn Pace Setters Lions Club hosts an Annual Feeding where a venue is selected by members, and the homeless and underprivileged enjoy a hearty meal along with lots of goodies. Among food/goodies served are hot meals, fruits and beverages, thermostats, socks and coats (depending on the season).
On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the Men's Armory on Bedford and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn was identified as the group to benefit from our service. We are blessed to have a very generous businessman who sponsors all of our feedings and never hesitates when the date is decided on each year.
We arrived on the day in question along with the sponsor at 12 noon to begin another day of service. We mounted a tent under which the food was served. This year we served fried rice, baked chicken, fried fish, macaroni and cheese, pastries, fruits and water. We served approximately served between 140 to 150 patrons.
I am happy to have chaired this committee and be among the thousands of service minded people who believe that “Together we can move from hunger to hope!”
Submitted by: Lion Nicolette Doorn
Brooklyn Pace Setters Lions Transformed into Street Corner Santas 2010
The transformed Santas of the Brooklyn Pace Setters Lions Club (BPSLC) braved 30 degree weather on Christmas Eve day to spread cheers to less fortunate children in their community. Club members collected toys through their first toy drive project which included a dance that incorporated a “bring-a- toy” feature. The toy drive generated sacks of toys of which the members were able to distribute at the corner of Newkirk and Nostrand Avenues. Toys were distributed to children ranging from ages 0-17 years.
This random distribution of toys to unexpected parents and guardians in the community, warmed the hearts of both children and adults. Community patrons continually thanked the Lions. One woman remarked “my child is not with me to receive a toy but I can’t believe this is happening here”. Although members were surrounded by deeply moved adults who pleaded for gifts for their children with a variety of stories, the club members decided to adhere to their plans only to hand over toys directly to children who were present at the time of distribution.
The response received by BPSLC members with regards to this project greatly exemplifies the unfortunate position many parents and guardians are faced with not only during this festive season but continuously, in the battle to provide love, joy and cheers to the ones they so love. BPSLC envision larger distribution projects in multiple areas of under privileged neighborhoods in the future. The members would like to express profound appreciation to their friends, families and fellow Lions clubs who continue to support them in their efforts to provide unselfish service to the less fortunate members in the community.
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