Rugby Lions participate in Project Joy
About 25 members of the Rugby Lions Club participated in Project Joy, in addition to community residents who purchased gifts, donated gifts, and provided other goods and services to the project. Gifts were purchased from the tags on the trees in three stores around Rugby by the Club and the public.
In addition, a number of winter coats were donated by the local Jaycee Chapter and gift boxes were made by the students at Little Flower School.
Lions picked up the gifts from the stores and took them to a local hotel, which provided free coffee to the workers. The gifts were arranged in order to the requests from the needy families. Wrapping paper and sealing tape were provided in each “pile” of gifts so that the gifts could be wrapped for later presentation.
Lions will be on duty to pass out the gifts on Tuesday and Wednesday as the needy families come to pick up the gifts.
Gifts ranged from clothing, toys, appliances, step ladder, gift cards and sleds. The people of the community have been supporting this project for about 20 years and it has been a great success and organizers assert they are sure it makes each “giver” feel a warm feeling of generosity.
At the conclusion of the arranging of the gifts, the Thrivent tee shirts were placed in the “piles” of gifts so that the generosity of Thrivent can be promoted around the families who received gifts from the Lions Club. One Lion member had recently won a door prize of money and she donated this money in the form of gifts to the project.
More than 50 families were provided with gifts that they no doubt would not have had except for the Lions having this project. There were 138 tags to be filled and 93 were filled by the public and the balance filled by the Lions Club with personal gifts or money that was donated to the Club from the public over the past season.
The members of the Lions Club enjoy working on this project to spread good cheer at Christmas. The original idea was that of a former member that died of cancer at only 43 years old. The chairperson of the project puts in a lot of personal time away from her business to make sure this project is completed.
– Submitted by Dale Niewoehner on behalf of the Rugby Lions.
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