SJNRA LEOs make an impact in local community

The St. John Neumann Regional Academy LEO Club, in its seventh year as an affiliate of the Williamsport Lions Club, is busy this holiday season helping out the needy in the area.

Their annual “Cans for a Cause” is taking place now through Jan. 6. Bob and Beth Losell of Bob’s Container Service donated a large dumpster, which is in the St. John Neumann parking lot on Penn Street.

Mike Beiter, general manager of Lamar Advertising, donated a portable billboard at the site to advertise the event. Everyone is encouraged to drop off their recyclable aluminum cans in the trash cans that are next to the dumpster.

The LEOs will transfer the recyclables to the dumpster. The Losells will recycle the aluminum and present the LEOs with a check for the recycled aluminum.

All funds will be donated to a needy cause.

The Neumann LEOs recently donated $2,000 to Camp Victory. Camp Victory is located in Millville and is a camp for children who must live with chronic health problems, physical or mental disabilities or the aftermath of catastrophic illness.

Over the past 26 years, Camp Victory has hosted nearly 30,000 overnight campers and counselors.

Partnering with 30 independent groups, Camp Victory offers the unique location, infrastructure and program each group needs to host their camp. Camp Victory provides all food service, waterfront, arts and crafts, maintenance, facility and staff.

The LEOs also made a $2,000 donation to the St. John Neumann Guardian Angel Fund.

The Guardian Angel Fund was established several years ago, and assists academy families who face challenges to provide necessities for their children during difficult times; it may be an illness of a family member, a parent who has lost their job or another extraordinary financial burden. The Guardian Angel Fund is managed by SJNRA Director of guidance, Abby Brown, who provides confidential assistance to academy families in need.

The LEOs also will sponsor their annual winter coat drive at all Neumann campuses. Academy families are asked to donate new or gently used winter coats, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens. All items will be donated to the local Salvation Army.

The Neumann LEO Club consists of seventh through 12th grade students, has 30 members and is led by their president, SJNRA senior Hayden Forquer, who has been a LEO for six years and has served as president for the past two years.