The Columbus Dispatch

Pickeringt­on Lions deliver poinsettia­s to local seniors

- Jeff Barron

PICKERINGT­ON — For at least 20 years, the Pickeringt­on Lions Club has delivered flowers 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 flowers.

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 flowers “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 flowers 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. jbarron@gannett.com 740-304-9296

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“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.”

Kimberly Hoertling,

Activities director

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