Cullman Caring for Kids: Cullman Lions help out; ‘Southern Momma’ coming to town

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Cullman Lion Jerry Bonner (left) presents Cullman Caring for Kids Executive Director Javon Daniel (right) a check for $15,000 at the club’s meeting Monday evening. (contributed)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK) has plenty of good news to report these days, celebrating a large contribution that will help make up for the canceled 2021 Empty Bowls of Cullman County fundraiser, and announcing a new upcoming fundraiser featuring popular comedian Darren “Southern Momma” Knight.

Cullman Lions donate $15,000

At Monday’s meeting of the Cullman Lions Club, the group presented CCK Executive Director Javon Daniel a check for $15,000 to help offset the loss of income from the cancellation of the long-running annual Empty Bowls of Cullman County fundraiser, which raised a record $24,000 last year. The event averaged $14,000-16,000 for the last several years and has contributed almost $150,000 to CCK since it started in 2003.

Daniel told The Tribune, “We are so thankful for the Cullman Lions Club. They saw that we were going to have a huge shortfall this year because of no Empty Bowls, and they have been such a supporting organization to us, and they stepped up and made this donation, and it will make a tremendous difference about what we’re able to do.”

Daniel currently serves as president of the Cullman Lions Club but recused himself from the decision-making process concerning the donation.

“Southern Momma” coming to town!

CCK will hold a fundraising event at the CCK office, 402 Arnold St. NE in Cullman, Wednesday, March 24 from noon-3 p.m., featuring Munford, Alabama-based standup comedian Darren Knight, well known to internet audiences for his “Southern Momma” videos. Knight will be joined by fellow comedians “Red Squirrel” and Gary Cargal.

Folks are encouraged to stop by and bring canned goods for the CCK food pantry. If you bring at least 20 cans, you can have your picture taken with the comedy team.

A release from CCK read, “Join us for a day of fun, laughter and a mission to help feed hungry children.”

Always a need

Daniel told The Tribune that, in addition to canned goods, the food pantry has a constant need for dry beans and rice, as well as popular children’s cereals that seem to leave CCK as fast as donors bring them in.

For more on CCK, visit www.facebook.com/CullmanCaringForKids or www.cullmancaringforkids.com or call 256-739-1111.

For more on Darren Knight, visit https://comediandarrenknight.com

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