GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — On Monday, Grand Junction lions club met to reveal the recipients of their yearly grants.

The club’s main goal is to empower volunteers to serve the community.

And the lions club has done just that by helping to raise money for organizations hit hard by the covid-19 pandemic.

“We are super blessed to recieve this grant,” said Chalane Coit of Crime Stoppers, Mesa County. “We know that over 50 organixzations requested grant money form the lions club and we were on of the dozen that recieed the funding.”

“We just cant thank the lions club enough for this generous donation.” said Karen Martsolf of Community Hospital. “They do so much in our community to help so many organizations.”

Among the recipients were Powderhorn Ski Resort, Community Food Bank, Grand Valley Public Radio and even a kid from Appleton Elementary got funding for his school.

All together, the Grand Junciton Lions Club plans to present over ninety thousand dollars to 12 organizations throughout the community.

And have aided the community since it’s founding, almost a hundred years ago.

“The grand juction lions club was chartered in 1921 and every year since, it has held events to help fundraise for the community. but this year is the first year they have had to cancel events, due to the covid 19 pandemic.”

“It’s the first year that we will not have a carnival for the first time in our history,” said Shawana Grieger, president of Grand Junction Lions Club.

Even though this pandemic has hit almost everyone hard, the Grand Junction Lions Club refuses to give up.

“We are not going back on our word for how much money we are raising for our community,” continued Grieger. “This year it is a little over $90,000 dollars that is going back. But it is all going locally, to local organizations.”