Random Acts of Kindness in the Grand Valley

The GJ Lions 'Pay it Forward' to Random Members of the Community

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - In the spirit of giving back to the community, the Grand Junction Lions Club is helping others in random ways with their 14th annual Random Acts of Kindness program.

A $100 bill can mean the difference between parents affording Christmas presents for their children to just being able to afford a full week's worth of groceries.

Many lions that attended the meeting this afternoon were provided a $100 bill that they'll give to some unsuspecting person who's struggling in the Grand Valley for a variety of reasons.

A random act of kindness can go an incredible distance for many in the Grand Valley, which is why the Grand Junction Lions Club is back to kick-off their 14th Annual Random Acts of Kindness program.

"The whole idea is being random and being personal and that's really where that special feeling comes from", says Gregg Palmer the former President of the GJ Lions Club. Palmer even shares some of his random acts of kindness from the past.

"I have gone to places where they do layaways for toys and paid off some of the layaways. Stood around toy departments listening to single mothers say 'no, honey we can't afford that', and said 'well, maybe now you can.' I've gone to grocery stores and paid for people groceries. I've paid for peoples meals at restaurants", says Palmer.

It's not just the community that benefits from this program, members of the GJ Lions Club feel like their donation is helping the community from the source by actively seeing the relief on people's faces as they randomly receive $100 unexpectedly.

"To be able to allow the Lions Club members to go out into the community and experience this for themselves is just invaluable. It's one of the best things that we as a Lions Club do" says Palmer.

"As Lions, remember, we want to have fun. We want to brighten other peoples lives. We want to help in our Community. This is our big opportunity", says Jim Nickerson the President of the GJ Lions Club.

The GJ Lions Club has donated over $7,000,000 towards our community since their founding back in 1929.

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