Lions Club hits backpack goal

The Flying Lions club collected 100 backpacks to donate during the fist year of its Lions Pack collection drive, where the group delivers backpacks filled with items to children living in foster homes.

The number of foster children in Juneau? About 95. The number of backpacks for foster children the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club collected during its drive Nov. 16? 98.

The club met its goal of providing every child in the foster care system in Juneau with a backpack filled with goodies and necessities before the holidays, event organizer and Flying Lions Club member Nancy Norton said. This was the organization’s first Lions Packs drive.

“You have this fear of is it going to be enough or is it going to be way too much,” Norton said. “We got just shy of 100 backpacks, so every child will get one.”

Besides the perfect number of backpacks, the organization also received gloves, hats, socks, books, 300 tubes of toothpaste and almost 600 stuffed animals, Norton said.

Volunteers from Juneau’s Lions Clubs sorted through the donations and the packs will be delivered to the Office of Children’s Services on Dec. 3.

“Juneau is just a great, giving community,” Norton said. “It was just a perfect day.”

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