Christmas Volunteers Make It A Merry Holiday For Families

Literally hundreds of children in the Manitoulin, Sudbury and Algoma Districts found plenty of gifts under the tree.
Members of the Espanola Lions in Espanola and the Salvation Army in Elliot Lake were joined by volunteers to wrap and package toys the last week before Christmas just in time for delivery on Saturday, December 22nd.
Dennis Shepitka and Grant Lewis are in charge of the annual Espanola Lions Toy Drive. Grant says Dennis lays the groundwork for everything starting in early October.
“He gets the forms to the various organizations who give us the names of families in need. Then he spends countless hours on the computer getting names ready for the telethon; arranging in street order to facilitate delivery; gets all names according to gender and age to help with the wrapping; collects forms right up until day of delivery. Couldn’t do it without him!”
Both organizations led respective toy drives for families in the three districts.
And, Christmas hampers were delivered, over 1,000 in all, to families, thanks to the Manitoulin Resource Centre, the Espanola Elks and local area food banks.
Photos by: Rosalind Russell and Kate Collett
Photos: The Espanola Lions

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