For over 90 years, Lions Clubs from around the world have taken up the mission to help the communities they thrive in.

On Tuesday evening, the Nesquehoning Lions Club, which has served the Nesquehoning community for over 50 years, lived up to that mission, giving out $5,000 to seven area organizations.

Michael McLaughlin, president of the Nesquehoning Lions Club, welcomed club members and special guests to the club's monthly dinner meeting, held at Lengyel's Restaurant in Nesquehoning.

"Thank you for supporting us all these years," he said.

Following dinner, McLaughlin presented $1,000 each to representatives from the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1, New Columbus Fire Company, Hauto Volunteer Fire Company and Nesquehoning Food pantry; $500 to Meed's United Methodist Church's clock fund; and $250 to the Nesquehoning Conservation Club and Carbon County Friends of Animals.

Recipients of the grants, which are operated by volunteers, were thrilled by the support.

The Nesquehoning Lions Club is always looking for new members. If you would like to help the community by becoming a Lion, please attend the club's next meeting, slated for 6 p.m., April 3, at Lengyel's Restaurant, 301 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning.