The Grand Junction Lions Club's annual carnival happens next month. The annual event will allow the club to donate some $125,000 to local non-profit groups that are making a huge impact on the community.

According to, this year's recipients include Hope West, Veteran's Art Center, Elementary Music programs, as well as several others. Over the last eight years, the Lions Club has donated some $4 million through the annual carnival. It's an event --and an organization -worth supporting.

The Lions Club is doing good in the community --and sometimes in ways that nobody knows about.

I don't know all the details, but a friend of mine was in tears after he told me of the donation of a Lions Club member to his daughter that made Christmas possible for her child. He desperately wanted to find this person and thank them -- and the Lions Club for their act of generosity. I'm not sure how it all came about, but the impact on the lives of these people was unmistakable as my friend told me of the kindness.

One kind act, made a huge difference in several lives this past holiday season. And there are undoubtedly other instances that I'm not even aware of.

I'm not a Lions Club member, but I know it won't be long before they start selling carnival tickets. Whether you attend the event or not doesn't matter, but your purchase of tickets will help the Lions Club continue to impact the local community in a very positive way. I've seen it first hand.


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