Lions hear about Family Connection

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BAINBRIDGE LIONS CLUB FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Brenda Howell, right, presents a certificate of appreciation to Allison Harrell of Decatur County Family Connection, following her Wednesday, Feb. 8, address to the club.

Allison Harrell, chairman of the board of directors for Decatur County Family Connection, told the Bainbridge Lions Club on Wednesday, Feb. 8, that the organization’s backpack program is working well.

Harrison, who is also a social worker with Decatur County Schools, said they discovered that lots of elementary school kids went home from school Friday and did not eat again until Monday morning.

“Citizens of Decatur County graciously provide the funding for the backpack program,” she said. “Last year we fed about 170 kids.

“We have high school students giving up a Coke a day and donating to the backpack program. It costs $10 to feed a child on weekends for a month.

“We are filling backpacks every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the old West Bainbridge Elementary School.

“The backpack includes soup and other nutritional products. The familes also get one jar of peanut butter a month. We also have a life size teen maze to help eighth graders make healthy choices.”

Following her address the Lions Club presented Harrison with $300 for the backpack program.