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Lions and library provide afternoon of service

Lions and library provide afternoon of service
Volunteers assisted South Carroll and Freedom District Lions Club members sorting and cleaning used eyeglasses for distribution in clinics in poor areas of Mexico, during the Roar Like a Lion afternoon of service. (courtesy photo)

On the afternoon of Jan. 27, 14 Lions clubs and five Leo clubs joined forces with the Carroll County Public Library system to provide an afternoon of service called Roar Like a Lion. Clubs and libraries participating included the South Carroll Lioness Lions Club, Freedom District Lions Club, Century High School Leo Club and Liberty High School Leo Club at the Eldersburg branch; Deer Park Lions Club and Roaring Run Lions Club at the Finksburg branch; Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club, South Carroll High School Leo Club and Mount Airy Middle School Leo Club at the Mount Airy branch; Taneytown Lions Club, Harney Lions Club, Terra Rubra Lions Club, New Windsor Lions Club and Francis Scott Key High School Leo Club at the Taneytown branch; Westminster Lions Club, Greater Carroll Lions Club and Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club at the Westminster branch; and Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club and Hampstead Lions Club at the North Carroll branch.

The project, the brainchild of Lion Vicki Mahr from the Roaring Run Lions Club, was held for the first time in January 2018. Because of the success of the 2018 project, Lion Mahr decided to expand the project to the remainder of the Lions clubs and the Leo clubs in Carroll County. There were more than 130 participants at the Eldersburg library who completed 886 projects, including making Linus blankets, kindness rocks, hospital busy boxes, fleece scarves for the homeless, bags of items for patients undergoing chemotherapy, Socks of Love for the homeless, appreciation bags for the library staff, police departments and fire departments; birthday, get well and Valentine's Day cards for the sick, for veterans and for patients at the Walter Reed Medical Center; sorting and cleaning eyeglasses; collecting food donations and cleaning the library's toy supplies. At the various libraries, there were 58 projects including those listed at the Eldersburg library as well as the making of mats for the homeless, and dog toys. In all, 3,552 individual items were completed, 559 food items were collected, and hundreds of eyeglasses were collected, sorted and cleaned at the event. The FSK Leo Club collected 100 gallon-sized bags of shoes for its Nike Grind project as well as eight large bags of clothing.

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