Project HELP presented with $500 check from Lions Club

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Lions Club member Curtis Brown delivers a check for Project HELP to Rosie Portugal-Brastad. (Special to the Independent/Apache Junction Unified School District)

The Lions Club of Gold Canyon, District 21-B, recently presented Rosie Portugal-Brastad, Project HELP coordinator, with a check for $500. Project HELP is a community service organization, under the wing of the Apache Junction Unified School District, which serves as a resource for the families of students within the district who are in need of food, clothing, school supplies, cleaning supplies, or emergency financial assistance. Project HELP is 100% supported by donations. The Lions Club of Gold Canyon has been donating to Project HELP for nearly a decade, helping to support education in our community. The club also conducts eye tests in the schools and helps financially strapped families procure glasses.

“There is so much going on behind the scenes,” stated Curtis Brown as he delivered the contribution. “We raise money with events like casino night, and ‘white cane days,’” [collecting donations while holding white canes to signify the Lions’ emphasis on eye health]. “The Lions Club is a fabulous place to spend your spare time; but what happens is you end up not having any spare time.” Mr. Brown emphasizes that the club is always looking for new members who are, “young-minded and want to have a lot of fun.” To learn more about the Lions Club of Gold Canyon, go to:

For more information about Project HELP, call Rosie Portugal-Brastad at 480-288-2955.

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