WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – In Lycoming County this Memorial Day weekend, one community group is giving back – with the help of a local garden center.

You could find members of the Newberry Lionesses all around the city of Williamsport, making friends and meeting new faces. It’s all in an effort to pay it forward.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it” says Beverly Weaver, a member of the Lionesses.

The group held a fundraiser Sunday afternoon at the Fort Muncy Garden Center to help riase money for the community.

“There’s so many people that need help,” says Doris Person “things they need help with.”

Doris has been a Newberry Lioness for 11 years. She tells Eyewitness News she and other members always try to lend a helping hand.

“For example, she’s going through the store and you’ll hear Mary say to Charlie ‘do you need mustard?’! So she’s a real help and she’s real kind to people,” says Doris of Beverly.

The organization set up a special Memorial Day weekend fundraiser with all kinds of goodies.

“We have our baked goods, hamburgers, hot dogs, raffles,” says Beverly.

“Who doesn’t want something from a little Lady Lioness that she baked last night, right”askes Skip Cochran, owner of the Fort Muncy Garden Center.

And it’s the perfect weekend to set up here because its owners say this is one of the busiest weekends for them of the year.

“Memorial Day we sell a lot of plants for yards,” says Cochran “because people are getting ready for the kick-off of summer. People will do work for their yards even though it’s not the best signature for the holiday weekend, but people love their yard work.”

Beth Miller of Williamsport was looking for the plants, “just planting special for Memorial Day and to dress up the house.”

Outside there are at least 500,000 plants and when you step inside there are at least 10,000 pots of flowers like the geraniums, which are the signature Memorial Day flower.”

“Anything bright,” says Miller “mostly geraniums, marigolds, petunias, millioin bells. You name it, I’ll plant it.”

This day has been filled with community engage3ment, eating and shopping  which for some makes for the perfect kickoff to summer.

“Happy Memorial Day,” adds Miller.

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