A Christmas wish comes true

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 19:00

Soon children across Alaska will wake up on Christmas morning to the cold and snow with anticipation in their eyes of that special wish. For some, there won’t be a Christmas present under the tree — or even food. The majority of our community knows that feeling on Christmas morning of walking down the stairs to find a special gift under the tree. However, some families across Chugiak-Eagle River just can’t afford to do that right now. Sometimes there is just not enough money to cover daily living expenses —even for people who are working.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions, along with Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions and other nonprofits, are facing one of their toughest years yet. With demand for food baskets and gifts up, donations are down. Lions are hard pressed to make their deliveries this year as Santa’s helpers. The need is the largest it has ever been. It really does something to you to know that your neighbor is in need of food or other assistance. Our goal with the “Tree of Giving” is to make those children’s Christmas bright — if only for that one morning. We just don’t think that any child should have to go without a toy on Christmas morning.

Gifts will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions Clubhouse (located at the corner of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road) to qualified families we have received from the Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department. Lions will contact chosen families Dec. 21 to confirm pick-up times.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Tree of Giving before Dec. 21 can drop off a gift at Walmart, Fred Meyer, First National Bank Alaska, Eagle River Bowl, Credit Union One, Mat Valley Federal Credit Union or the Lions Clubhouse.

Find information about the Lions on Facebook or by visiting sleepingladylions.org, eagleriverlions.org or lionsclub.org.

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