Lions proudly serve Monticello community

Monticello Lions Club member Art Kromminga (left) presented a check for $790 to Pastor Wade Reddy, representing the Monticello Food Pantry. The donation stems from the Lions Club scrap metal fundraiser. (Photo by Kim Brooks)

     The Monticello Lions Club turns scrap iron into cash for the Monticello Food Pantry. The Lions recently presented a check for $790 to Pastor Wade Reddy, a representative of the Monticello Ministerial Association. The money will help supply the local food pantry for area families experiencing food disparity. The Lions Scrap Metal Recycling Program has contributed over $15,000 to the food pantry over the past six years.

     The first year the Lions began the recycling program, they raised money for a Kids Sight digital camera. The camera is still in use today for screening children between the ages of 6 months to 4 years for eye diseases and sight correction.

     The Monticello Lions Club enjoys giving back to the community. Giving would not be possible without the Monticello community’s support to attending or giving to the Lions Pancake Breakfast, Great Jones County Fair Food Stand, mints, scrap iron, and White Cane Day sales. This year’s White Cane Day sales received over $800 collected from individuals at four locations: Fareway, Karde’s 151, Theisen’s, and Casey’s General Store. The Lions thank the community and these businesses for their support and helping to serve others in need.

     The Monticello Food Pantry is open Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon, and Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. Donations may be sent to the Monticello Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 62, Monticello, IA 52310. The Monticello Food Pantry is located at 205 W. First St.

     The Ministerial Association became a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity in December 2016. Individuals can also bring food items to the pantry on Monday, Wednesday or Friday during regular service hours.


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