SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Lions Club throughout April and May 2020 used a three-prong approach to help thousands of people and appreciate essential front-line workers.
“Our club saw the need and determined that we could utilize different aspects to help so many people in our community during this horrific pandemic” said Lion Club President Sal Bonsangue.
First the Saratoga Springs Lions Club bought six cases, four gallons each case, of hand sanitizer from High Peaks Distilling of Adirondack Pub & Brewery. High Peaks also donated another case. The Lions then delivered a case of sanitizer to each of the following: Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Fire Department (Lake and West Ave.), Empire Ambulance (West Ave.), Saratoga Police Department, Shelters of Saratoga and the Franklin Community Center.
Secondly, the Saratoga Springs Lions Club donated $500 to each of the following food pantries: Franklin Community Center Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Wilton Food Pantry, St. Clements Food Pantry, Saratoga EOC Food Pantry, Shelters of Saratoga, Presbyterian Food Pantry and the Saratoga SNACpack program, spending $4000 to help thousands in our Community.
Thirdly, the club focused on showing their appreciation during these tough times to all local front-line workers while helping some local restaurant partners. They utilized Mama Mia’s Restaurant, Panza’s, 99 Restaurant in Wilton, Tinney’s Tavern, and PJ’s BAR-B-QSA. By utilizing and helping restaurant partners, Lions Club was able to provide a lunch for four consecutive weeks to each of the following front line workers in the Saratoga Area: Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Police Department, Saratoga Fire Department (Lake and West Ave), Empire Ambulance (West Ave), Saratoga Sheriffs Wilton Barracks, The Wesley Community, Four Winds, and Shelters of Saratoga.
Many thanks go to Advantage Press for donating Saratoga Lions “Thank You for All You Do” stickers which were placed on each meal.
The Lions Club is always looking for new members who want to help our community in our mission areas of Sight, Hearing, Diabetes, Youth, Community, Hunger, Childhood Cancer and Veterans.
The Saratoga Springs Lions Club is a volunteer-based service organization with a mission to serve its community and support local youth, promote diabetes prevention, promote sight and hearing conservation, to attack Hunger and Childhood Cancer and help our Veterans. To learn more about the club or to join in helping thousands of people in and around Saratoga Springs, visit our website for more information and how to contact us for membership.