Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wounded Warrior Program Aug. 5th

The Franconia Station Citizen's Advisory Committee is sponsoring a Wounded Warrior Collection which ends August 5th. The collection is being done to support Arms Outstretched Ministry, Inc., which was founded and run by local FCPD officer Michelle Humphries. The organization travels to Bethesda Navel hospital every month and distributes care packages, as well as a catered barbeque lunch,  to the convalescent troops there. The organization also plans to the Fort Belvoir facility when it comes online.

Arms outstretched also provides financial aid to the families of wounded veterans in the form of airfare, car rental and hotel rooms to help alleviate the financial dtrain of an extended stay in a foreign city to be with a wounded loved one.

The collection point for donated items will be The Franconia Station, 6121 Franconia Road. If you should desire a receipt for what you've donated, contact MPO Jim Reid at (703) 922-8263 or by email at

To learn more about the organization, visit

For a list of desired supplies, visit and go to the events site

Local Lions Club helps those in need in a big way

The Mason Neck Lions Club recently participated in the 12th annual Remote Area Medical/Lions Assisted Medical Projects Mission at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Wise, Virginia. Stan Brock founded the mission, and this year was joined by over 1400 volunteers to help provide medical services to this impoverished area of Virginia. This year, over 2400 hundred patients were seen and more than 7000 procedures undergone, the most prevalent being dental procedures. The estimated value of services provided was 1.4 million dollars.

The Mason Neck Lions didn't stop there. They also established a backpack and school supplies collection to ensure that children in need in that area will have the supplies they need to make the most of the coming school year. This program was established by Mason Neck Lion Liz Carroll a number of years ago for this area, and through much hard work and many volunteers was able to provide over 500 backpacks fully loaded with supplies.

The Mason Neck Lions Club meets bimonthly on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 at the Polo Grill in Gunston Plaza. In additions to the programs mentioned above, the Lions also support the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) as well as the greater Lorton Area with various fund raisers. For more information on getting involved, contact Tom Nally at or Dick Kennedy at

Lions Club International is is the world's largest service club with more than 1.3 million members in over 200 countries. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the visualy impaired as well as maintaining a strong commitment to community growth and youth services. For more information on the Lions Club, visit their website at