Deerfield Lions helping for holidays

  • From left to right, Pam Hodgkins, Deerfield Lions Club president, Dawn Lange, Franklin Area Survival Center food pantry coordinator, and Pat Karkut, club vice president, dropping off 400 lbs. of vegetables Deerfield club members donated earlier this year. Contributed Photo

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DEERFIELD — Each year, the Deerfield Lions Club donates to needy people through area nonprofit organizations before the holiday season.

This year, local members selected the Franklin Area Survival Center in Turners Falls as a beneficiary, donating more than 400 pounds of fresh veggies — carrots, potatoes, onions, and squash — in time for Christmas and New Years.

The Deerfield club’s generosity was part of the Lions Worldwide Service Week that this year emphasized healthy eating to combat diabetes.

Earlier in the year, Club President Pam Hodgkins said members Louise Chartier and Patricia Karkut, vice president, purchased nonperishable food items to “stock the shelves during a time when many donors might be away on summer vacations” with about $400 donated by Lions Club members.

The donation is “only a sampling of the programs to which the Deerfield Lions Club sends funds,” Hodgkins noted.

Other programs including the Greenfield Family Inn, Adopt-A-Family of Franklin County, and Warm the Children. Club members have given to programs for the past 15 to 20 years, Hodgkins said.