YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- This summer, the Yorktown Lions have donated $500 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation for Nepal Disaster Relief in honor of Gyaljen Nuru Sherpa, a local restauranteur.
Sherpa started an initiative to help his family's village in Nepal after the earthquakes this spring.
Sherpa is the owner of Jewel of the Himalaya located in the Triangle shopping center in Yorktown Heights. He still has family living in the village of Khumbu.
He also lost a cousin in the earthquakes.
Sherpa is planning to take off some time this fall and will be returning to Nepal to help with the rebuilding process.
The Yorktown Lions decided they wanted to help Sherpa with his efforts after they were brought to light by Lion Tricy Cushner.
"He is a staple in our community," Cushner said about Sherpa. "I've noticed that the whole community is coming to him. Families are looking for the right way to help."
At a board meeting in May, the Lions' board voted on the donation.
"We gave the donation to (the) Lions Club International Foundation for their Nepal Relief efforts," said club president Ed Lachterman.
"LCIF has had Lions volunteering in Nepal from the start of this disaster and we knew that the money donated would help to serve Nuru's mission," Lachterman said. "The funds were earmarked specifically to help the rebuilding efforts."
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