Lions Keeping Our Christmas Traditions Alive

By Grant Lewis: – “This will be a Christmas like no other, but it is still Christmas. Perhaps less spending, less people around the table and less eating! But the same message remains: one of hope, love, beliefs, family, friends and traditions”
The CTV Lions Telethon is one of those traditions and even though the format has been downsized for safety reasons, the show will go on! Plan to watch the Children’s Christmas Telethon on Saturday, December 5 starting at 7:00pm-11:00pm on CTV. If you would like to make a pledge to donate and help purchase toys for children in our area, you can phone in on the night of the telethon or to donate online visit, http://ctvlionstelethon.ca and click on DONATE.
Espanola Lions know that this is a tough time for everyone and that the need is great. They will be keeping another important tradition by collecting toys and knitting to help out local families.
Please note the following changes for donations and purchasing gifts:

• Toys can be purchased at the Hart Store in Espanola at the check-out area.
• Donations will also be accepted at Giant Tiger as you check out.
• Visit the Angel Tree at Tanner’s, Your Independent Grocer- Pick an Angel, buy a gift and bring it back to the store and place it in the special bin.
• You can “tip a teller” at the T.D. bank. All monies will be donated to the Lions. Unfortunately, the T.D. Bank can no longer accept gifts this Christmas.
• For all you knitting enthusiasts, phone 705-869-5798 for pick up.
• A.B. Ellis and Sacred Heart schools will go on a shopping spree at Giant Tiger with funds that have been raised in the schools, along with a donation from the Lions.
• There will be a Christmas tree upstairs at the Espanola Legion this year, if you would like to drop off a donation of unwrapped toys or knitting.
• Toys can also be dropped off at Wings, Frings and Things across from Circle K. With a toy donation you will get 10% off your meal or free cup of fringle fries.
Santa is looking for helpers to wrap all these gifts! Anyone interested, is welcome to join him on December 17th upstairs at the Espanola Legion starting at 10:00 a.m. However, this is where changes need to be made due to Covid. The Legion can accommodate 50 volunteers upstairs. Masks will be mandatory, and each table will have hand sanitizer provided. You must bring your own scissors and pens. We encourage people to come out and help us wrap, bring someone in your family or a friend in your bubble. If you are a volunteer who regularly helps with wrapping and feels apprehensive during this challenging time, please feel free to take this year off. We will be happy to have you back next year!
We must find a happy medium between a healthy respect for this terrible virus and a healthy continuation of those traditions we hold precious. The Espanola Lions thank the community in advance for its heartwarming generous support this year. “We Serve! “

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