Lincoln Lions Club Christmas Food Basket Program & Marines’ “Toys for Tots”

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The Lincoln Lions Club, in partnership with the local Marines contingent led by Frank Neves, which collected over 4,000 toys for its “Toys for Tots” program, would like to thank all of those groups and individuals who worked tirelessly over a two-month period, preparing the food and toys for needy families over the Christmas holiday. The food and gifts were distributed from the former Rainbow Market in downtown Lincoln from 7:30 am until 2 p.m. Dec. 20. Canned food was collected from all 11 Western Placer Unified School District sites and prepared for over 440 families with some homes feeding 18 individuals. The Marine group from Lincoln Hills collected toys for children up to 14 years old. Over 1,000 youngsters received no fewer than two toys each. To make such a gargantuan task possible, the following groups made it happen with dozens of volunteers: Gladding McBean Pottery employees’ donations, Thunder Valley Casino donations, Salt Mine Ministry, Hewlett Packard group, Twelve Bridges Middle School Boys’ Basketball Team, Life House Church, Western Placer district employees, Lincoln Amateur Radio Club, Lincoln High School Varsity Baseball Team and many volunteers too numerous to mention. Special thanks to Vic Courtwright for allowing the use of Rainbow Market and Frankie Bullard of Gladding McBean. The Lions Club started the tradition 30 years ago when Marie and Vern Aguiar answered the call to help some 20 families in the area with foodstuffs and a few toys for the children to experience the spirit of Christmas. Since that time, the old scout hall (now razed between 5th & 6th streets), old homes, warehouses and even a basement have been used to meet the community’s growing need for assistance. Bob Noyes, Chairman Lincoln