Leo Club members.
PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Leo Club has been executing its signature project ’Tis the Season over the past few weekends. This is an annual project whereby the members of the club, both Leos and prospects, go to various supermarkets and request that customers donate non-perishable food items for the less fortunate each Christmas.
The previous weekend, the Club collected a total of 15 boxes from generous customers of Fairway and Cost-U-Less. These boxes consisted mainly of rice, oil, canned meat and other basic non-perishable items that would aid the families in need. The non-perishables were placed into baskets to be distributed to the specific households.
Members pose for a group photo during their distribution.
This project is not just a drive for collecting food items, it is also a learning experience for every member who helps carry it out. The Leos personally drive around the island to deliver these baskets to the less fortunate, which gives them an experience like no other, according to the Club.
In previous years, the group would usually collect more than 40 boxes of food items, but due to the passing of Hurricane Irma that was not possible this year.
“Although we could not get the food items donated, the Lions Club of St. Maarten gave a donation of US $2,000 to the Leo Club for the Leo’s cause. ENNIA also assisted us greatly by sponsoring two buses to help us distribute the food around the island. Overall, the project turned out to be a success, even throughout the minor implications. We hope that in the years to come, the Leo Club will grow enough to provide for more families on the island,” stated the Club on Tuesday.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72201-leo-club-distributes-goods-to-families