Lions volunteers lend a helping hand

Stella Welcome greets Trevor Watler, John Ebanks and Michael Troop of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.

Members of the Lions club were out in the district of East End on Saturday, Jan. 30 to lend a helping hand.

Lion Eric Anderson delivering a pantry shopping bag.
Lion Eric Anderson delivering a pantry shopping bag.

A joint project between the geriatrics and social services committees of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman saw club members delivering shopping bags stocked with dry goods to more than 50 elderly and infirm local residents in the district.

A community food pantry was established in September 2015 by Lions Tannya Mortimer and Letitia Lawrence with the intent to aid the indigent and youth in need.

“The pantry has been promoted on various occasions, and thus far has aided a vast amount of families through the Department of Children and Family Services as well as a number of churches,” said Ms. Mortimer.

She added that pantry requests have been growing and the committee continues to partner with members of the local community.

Ms. Mortimer said that in an effort to reach more people who may not be aware of the pantry service, the geriatrics committee chair, Lynval Watkins, proposed that the committee team up with the social services committee to expand the scope of the project in the outer districts.

Lion Heidi Anderson with centenarian Stella Welcome.
Lion Heidi Anderson with centenarian Stella Welcome.

East End was chosen as the district to kick off the expanded program.

Stella Welcome greets Trevor Watler, John Ebanks and Michael Troop of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.
Stella Welcome greets Trevor Watler, John Ebanks and Michael Troop of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.

“The pantry receives tremendous monthly support from Kirk Market, and Hurley’s Market recently donated a vast amount of items from an in-store promotion,” said Ms. Mortimer.

“It is support from community partners such as these that allow the club to impact families on a wider scale.”

Ms. Mortimer says from now on the group plans to conduct the pantry outreach program in a different district each month.

Requests for assistance through this program can be made to [email protected]

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