Mountain Township & District Lions – Christmas Hamper Program

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by Lion Bill Vermilyea

For close to 40 years, the Mountain Township District Lions Club has participated as part of a group to support our North Dundas Christmas Fund. Support comes in the form of money and other donations (food, clothing, toys, etc.) from community individuals, church groups, hospitals, schools, local fire departments and charitable organizations.

Some of the Christmas Hampers prepared by the Mountain Township & District Lions Club

The first year of the North Dundas Christmas Fund was supported by Ault Foods, who supplied gifts to the needy families in the area. This past December, the Mountain & District Lions Club distributed Christmas food hampers, including ham or turkey as well as other food items, gifts, and snowsuits for the children to thirty-seven households in the area. The baskets have sufficient food for families of all sizes for the duration of approximately one week. 

This Christmas Event consisted of two days of work sorting food items, toys, and clothing. The following day consisted of basket pick-ups by families, and deliveries by Lions members to families unable to pick up. We, as a Lions Club, are very fortunate to have members and volunteers who devote many hours of their time to assist in participating and ensuring the success of this annual event. Lions Member, Terry Foley, and his spouse, Maryanne, have contributed many hours of service towards this event from the very beginning. 

Lions Member, Bob Weagant, as Chairperson of the North Dundas Christmas Fund, and his spouse, Sandy, have been active for the past twelve years in organizing and carrying on this Christmas tradition for needy families. Sandy Weagant and Maryanne Foley are both honorary members of the Mountain Township & District Lions Club, and their support in all our projects is well appreciated. The Foley and Weagant families have both been recipients of the North Dundas Community Business Award in the past. This event could not have been possible without the overwhelming support of our community and our Club members. For this, we are thankful.

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