Kindness on display in annual Lions Club event

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Jordon Statler of Grand Junction surveys the selection of bicycles at Brown Cycles while she shops for a homeless child Wednesday as part of this year’s Random Acts of Kindness program by the Grand Junction Lions Club. Each of the service club’s members received $100 Tuesday to spend spreading good cheer and helping the needy in the community. Statler has Christmas wish lists of six homeless children, and most of the requests are for shoes, clothing and blankets, which, she said, brought her to tears.

Jordon Statler was on a mission.

The Grand Junction Lions Club member of 13 years was handed $100 to spread cheer the best way she saw fit. Statler was one of about 100 members gifted a $100 bill on Tuesday to be distributed to community members in coming weeks.

She’s opting to spend her money, and the combined $100 bills from six other Lions Club members, to buy presents for children staying at the Homeward Bound homeless shelter, 2853 North Ave.

Statler received lists from the six children staying at the shelter. The items they requested brought her to tears, she said. The lists were sprinkled with a few toys, but children mainly asked for shoes, clothes to wear and blankets.

“I mean how sad is it that they need long underwear for a 1-year-old baby?” she said.

Statler said after shopping for gifts for the children, she may work on getting food for the shelter. She learned the agency was out of meat for nightly meals. Or, she may use the funds to help a family who had been living at the shelter, but recently gotten into an apartment.

Bob Van Iderstine, also a Lions Club member, planned to use his $100 to benefit military veterans at Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Van Iderstine said his company, Western Slope Rehabilitation, matches his $100 donation.

“I think it’s one of the great things the Lions Club does to give money back,” he said. “This is a more personalized way of giving back.”

Grand Junction’s Lions Club members have been distributing the dollars each year since 2004.


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