Lions furnish diabetic items for students

Filling boxes with items for diabetic students, from left, Lion Renee Hardy, Stephanie Alaniz, Lion Joyce Petty

Special to Atmore News

The Atmore Lions Club met Wednesday, October 18, in the Mayson Auditorium of Atmore Community Hospital. President Lion Renee Hardy called the meeting to order, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and said the blessing.
Discussion was held on the food drive for Atmore Area Christian Care Ministry on Saturday, October 21, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Atmore Walmart parking lot. A sign-up sheet was passed around for members to volunteer with the drive. Members were also encouraged to help at the mop / broom sale Saturday, October 28, at Williams Station Day. Also coming up where Lions’ help is needed in the Alabama Lions Sight screening / eye exams on Williams Station Day and November 17 at the county health office.
Lion Renee received a patch from club secretary Gregg Akins. The patch was from LCIF in recognition of our club for giving $50 per member in 2023.
Thursday, October 19, Lions will serve a meal to the Escambia County High School football team. Members are invited to come and help with the serving.
Lion Joyce Petty introduced Stephanie Alaniz, the nurse coordinator for Escambia County Schools, as our speaker. She informed the members about diabetic students and how the schools need to be ready to help them when their sugar becomes unbalanced. As a club project, members filled 27 shoeboxes for classrooms and other areas with items for diabetic students. Included were juice boxes, tube icing, Smarties, cheese crackers, and other appropriate items. These will be sent to the five Atmore area schools with diabetic students. Stephanie was also given information about Camp Seale Harris as another source of help and recreation for those students.
The next meeting will be held November 1 at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.