The Columbus Dispatch
Pickerington Lions deliver poinsettias to local seniors
PICKERINGTON — For at least 20 years, the Pickerington Lions Club has delivered flowers to local seniors each Christmas season. That tradition continued recently as club vice president Don Gesick and past president Brian Fox made their rounds to several senior centers dropping off the flowers.
They gave out 25 poinsettia plants donated by The Flower Boutiqe in Groveport. Gesick said the idea is to promote the Christmas spirit to local seniors.
Pickerington Senior Center Director Nancy Lee called the flowers “very generous” and they would help her get into the holiday spirit.
“A lot,” she said. “I’ll put them on my desk and show everybody.”
Fox said the Pickerington Lions have been giving out Christmas flowers for at least 20 years. He said a lot of other local clubs also do it in their respective communities.
“It’s something nice and it’s an easy project,” Fox said. “But it brings a lot of smiles to a lot of folks. It’s a nice thing for Christmas.”
As Gesick and Fox were delivering to Echo Manor Extended Care Center, the staff was getting ready to put up Christmas decorations.
“It’s super exciting,” activities director Kimberly Hoertling said. “It’s a nice addition to what we have. I think they’re (seniors) going to love it. It’s been a hard couple years with COVID, so it’s really exciting.”
Fox said the Lions club is a volunteer service club dedicated to help those in need and to help on community projects. For example, the Lions built the shelter house in Victory Park here. The club also helps those in need with eyeglasses and eye exams. firstname.lastname@example.org 740-304-9296
“It’s a nice addition to what we have. I think they’re (seniors) going to love it. It’s been a hard couple years with COVID, so it’s really exciting.”