By Kierra Pixler, Managing Editor
Celebrating Thanksgiving can be challenging for those facing hard times or going through transition, but The Belton Lion’s Club is doing their part to make those times easier for a few lucky families in the Belton area. They partnered up with Heart of Central Texas Independent Living to distribute five full Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families with special needs children. Belton Walmart provided the turkeys and Randy Pittenger, President/CEO of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce provided a chamber conference room for them to assemble all of the baskets.
Lion’s Club member Karen Stagner coordinated the event and said that while this is their first year doing this, they hope to make it an annual event.
“Lions serve,” Stagner said. “It’s that simple, and it has been since we first began in 1917. Our clubs are places where individuals join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world. Kindness defines who we are as Lions. And why we serve. An act of kindness may be small and personal, or large and profound.”
Lion’s Club president David Shaw expressed his gratitude towards Stagner for putting the event on and for making it a resounding success.
“Karen is a superhero,” Shaw said. “She is the engine that got the event going.”
The Lion’s Club have participated in numerous fundraising activities this year such as college scholarships, eye exams for the underserved, the Texas Lions camp and the Heritage Park Sponsorship.