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Lions Club Hamper Program helps families enjoy the holiday season

December 4, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The Alliston Lions Club was out greeting people and asking for a food donation on Saturday, November 28, to ensure its annual Christmas Hamper Program will again be a success.

Last year, the Club donated food to 180 families in Alliston and the surrounding area to help make their Christmas a little brighter. With the current COVID-19 situation, that number will probably be higher this holiday season.

This year, they used a Stuff A Bus theme and had a full-size school bus donated by Landmark Bus Lines. The food was all placed in the bus and transported to the Lions Club to be sorted for distribution.

The Stuff A Bus event was held at Giant Tiger, Zehrs, and Walmart in Alliston.

Members of the New Tecumseth Fire Department, Station 1, in Alliston joined members of the Lions Club to collect the donations.

“This week is our food drive, and next week we’re doing Stuff A Cruiser with the O.P.P,” explained Lions Club member Allison Stumpo, who was at the Giant Tiger location. “We can’t do collections through the schools this year, so we decided to do Stuff A Bus. This is our first day doing it this year. All the food will go to families in need. We do a registration through the Food Bank and the schools. Last year we did about 180 families were we gave them food and about 275 children that we give toys to. This year with COVID we don’t know how high our numbers will be. It’s all for Alliston and the surrounding area.”

The boxes filled up quickly as store patrons made an extra purchase and donated to the cause.

“People in Alliston are so generous,” Allison said. “Every little thing means a difference – and the staff here at Giant Tiger also give us something. They’re a fantastic bunch. They always help us out.”

The Lions Club will be out again this coming weekend when they will hold their annual Stuff A Cruiser event on Saturday, December 5, at the same three locations.

They will be joined by members of the O.P.P. and will be asking for toy donations for children who may not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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