Serving those who serve Sackville
Lions clubs, students making a difference in the community
It truly does take a community. The Sackville Auxiliary Club and Sackville Lions Club have been partnering with students from the Sackville High School learning centre to provide meals to their community. The Lions organization is a not-for-profit social club based in Lower Sackville that raises money for various charities. Both the Sackville Auxiliary Club and Sackville Lions Club have been in operation for more than half a century. Secretary Jean Sherry says the Lions' motto is We Serve. She adds all funds raised are given back to the community to help those less fortunate. The Lions club provides and delivers the food to Sackville High School. The students prepare and cook the meal with teacher Angella Hull and her support staff who assist the students. Hull is one of the club members' daughters who works in the learning centre of the high school. She was looking for opportunities to give students so they could give back to the community. Her mother reached out to Sherry and the group and an alliance was formed the very next day. The students had their own meal on May 6, hosted by both Lions clubs. The meal they were treated to was a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings. They wanted to put together this event before their school year was over. Having the help of the Sackville high students is “very rewarding” for everyone involved, says Sherry. “They are learning so much.” One of their duties is preparing meals for Hope Cottage in downtown Halifax. The soup kitchen was started many years ago by a priest of St Patrick's Church. In the summer of 1993, Sherry approached Hope Cottage and asked if they could help provide meals for them. They have been working in partnership ever since. The Lions club picks up the cooked meal from the high school, delivers it and then serves it to the patrons of Hope Cottage. Meals are provided by both clubs every eight weeks throughout the year. Sherry and her fellow members find this work extremely rewarding. She says she meets “people who are having a hard time, who are hungry and don't have much money, but they always make sure to thank us for their meal.” The Lions club also ran a catering service in their community, which is their main source of revenue. The pandemic has changed that as they have had no income for more than two years. If anyone is interested in joining the Sackville Auxiliary Club and the Sackville Lions Club, visit https:// www.facebook.com/SackvilleLionsAuxiliaryClub/ or https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/ sackvillenslions/ for more information.