Lions busy over the holidays
Local Lions are busy this holiday season with a number of special projects, including:
Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions “Tree of Giving”: Pick up a tag(s) at one of the Tree of Giving trees located at Walmart, Fred Meyer, First National Bank, Eagle River Bowl, Credit Union One and Mat-Valley Credit Union, shop for the gift and then return the unwrapped package with the tag attached to the tree by Dec. 17. Gifts will be distributed Dec. 22 at Eagle River Lions Club House. Chairperson: Carolyn Washburn at 694-3966.
Eagle River Lions Food baskets: Collecting food at Alpenglow and Ravenwood Schools, Jazzercise, Cars, Walmart, and the Boys & Girls Club. Submitted names of people needing a basket will receive the donated food on Dec. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions Club House. Chairperson: Tony Unsderfer at 688-6885.
Eagle River Lions Free Holiday Luncheon for the Palmer Pioneer Home Senior Residents: Dec. 17 at lunch time. Chairperson: Tony Unsderfer at 688-6885.
Eagle River Community Lions “Free Christmas Meal for the Community”: Tuesday, Dec. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at Eagle River Lions Club House. Chairperson: Finis Sheldon at 229-5593.
“The Night Before Christmas”
By Clement Clarke Moore
(modified by Lion Chuck DuCharme)
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Eagle River
Not a creature was stirring, not even a moose.
The gortex socks were hung by the high efficiency furnace with care,
In hopes that gifts soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of I-Pods danced in their heads.
And mom in flannels, and I in my sweats,
Had just settled in for a long minus 20 nap.
When out in our community there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But hustling people in vests of purple and gold with giant “L” so very clear.
With charitable determination, despite the cold and the wet,
I knew in a moment it was the local Lions, yes sure bet.
More rapid than snow shoe hares they prepared food baskets, meals and gifts
And served with a smile as they finished this special community lift.
Lions then sang out to the town for all to hear
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good-night!”