SELMA – The Central Valley Lioness Lions Club is wrapping up a busy holiday season and shared some of their recent activities.

The Lionesses were joined by the Selma Lions Club, Selma Charter Lions, Selma Women’s Club, Selma Cares, Selma Rotary and Selma Kiwanis in providing Thanksgiving meals at the Nick Medina Senior Center Nov. 22, Lion Maxine Abe reported. There were 18 Central Valley Lions, four Leos and five friends helping that day to cook, serve and in some cases, deliver a Thanksgiving dinner. Seniors sign up for the meals beforehand.

Their youth affiliate group of students ages 12-18, the Central Valley Leos, also helped serve or deliver meals and had nice chats with the seniors.

A total of 315 hot meals were served and Lion Dale McAnulty coordinated the delivery of 60.

The new Interim City Manager Henry Perea toured the site during the meal with Recreation and Community Services Director Mikal Kirchner as well.

“It was a win/win project,” Abe said since every group that’s involved looks forward to the Thanksgiving meal each year.

“The Leos loved interacting with the seniors at the Leebar Village Apartments so much that they now go there for group Christmas caroling,” Abe said. The teens and seniors usually socialize over a cup of hot chocolate and Christmas cookies after the caroling. This year, they went on Dec. 10 and then went on to visit seniors at Sanger’s Golden Living Center.

“We like to give them little gifts as well,” Abe said. “Our kids really have established a special bond with the elderly, and vice versa, because we also make visits for Valentine’s Day and Easter at the skilled-nursing facility.”

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