TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning recognized Lewis Hill as a Lightning Community Hero during the first period of tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hill, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to his charity of choice, United Methodist Cooperative Ministries.
After discovering that one in every five children go without a daily meal, Lewis was determined to make a difference in the community and began efforts to address the problem. He volunteered countless hours at local charities, and not before long, established Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids, which provides approximately 500-600 children in Pasco, Pinellas and Manatee Counties with healthy and nutritious food each school year.
As part of the Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids program, Hill volunteers at least 25 hours each week meeting with school counselors and Bay Area leaders. He actively promotes the program to recruit new community partners to support participating schools and also works to identify, purchase and distribute low-cost food items to community advocates so that they can afford to pack sacks for more children in need.
His own self-established community initiative is just one way Hill dedicates his time to serve. His other endeavors include holding a position on the Board of Directors for United Methodist Cooperative Ministries and managing the distribution of donated funding from his church to households in need of paying utility bills. He has also volunteered for the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless as a monitor for its Cold Night Shelters and annually organizes groups in downtown Clearwater to provide a Thanksgiving Dinner for less fortunate local residents.