Serving the Community: HOCTIL

Serving the Community: Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, Belton Lions partner with Heart of Central Texas Independent Living (HOCTIL) to provide Food Baskets to under-served families of Children with Special Needs.

Our Guest Speaker recently was Susie Marek, Children/Youth & Family Services Program Manager, Heart of Central Texas Independent Living. HOCTIL is dedicated to the promotion of independence for persons with disabilities through self-determination and to advocate for persons with disabilities for equal access and actively participate in their community – Your Life … Your Way. She shared stories and examples of “peer support” provided within the Community families – especially people with special needs during this pandemic to help them understand the lifestyle changes. HOCTIL is a “one stop shop” for Veterans to Children. If you get a chance – visit Eldred’s Nursery – a non-profit job training facility for persons with disabilities. Great Organization – and … we are hoping Susie Marek will be our next newest Belton Lions Club Member!
Words of the day on Thursday – Humbling and Heartwarming! – Thanksgiving Baskets for HOCTIL families of children with special needs – Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving meal baskets. Also, Thank you to H-E-B and WalMart for your continued support. Baskets were delivered directly after the luncheon – We received a personal Thank You from the children of one of the families that we Served Thursday! Thank you Lion Shaw and Lion Ellis for helping with the deliveries – heavy helping! It’s always a great day to be a LION!
Want to say thank u. Belton Lions Club. From my family to yours. Happy Thanksgiving.
Caring is Sharing … Christmas Dinner Baskets for families and children with Down Syndrome. Thank you Lion Gary Knight, Downs But Not Out President and Susie Marek, HOCTIL Youth and Family Services Program Manager – for identifying families that we could help this year. Thank You Belton Lions for your generosity and caring hearts!
Touching Lives – it’s reciprocal! Belton Lions assembled today to deliver Christmas Baskets overflowing with goodies for Holiday meals to families of children with Downs Syndrome. Thank you Belton Lions for your generosity; and to Lion President Gary Knight for identifying these beautiful families; and to Belton H-E-B; and to Belton Walmart for your continuing support. Thank you Lion(s) Gary and Danny for the photos. We SERVE because we are LIONS ~ We are LIONS because we CARE!

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