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Lions Club to pass out food baskets Saturday

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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he Lincoln Lions Club is looking for a little green for Christmas food baskets they will give this Saturday. “ What would be a huge help to us at this point is if they (community members) could give us a few bucks in donation,” said Bob Noyes, the Lion’s Christmas basket program co-chairman. “All of the money goes toward it (the food baskets). If for any reason we are short on toys, we buy toys and we would use it to purchase turkeys and hams.” Each year, the Lincoln Lions Club works in conjunction with Semper Fi and its Toys for Tots program to provide food and toys to families in need, according to Noyes. “ Almost all of the food comes from (Lincoln) schools,” Noyes said. “Friday was the last day to turn in canned goods.” This week, the Lions Club and volunteers sorted the non-perishable food items and filled boxes for the families that applied for the food, Noyes said. “ Last year, we had 550 families,” Noyes said. “This year, we have 400 plus.” Each family will receive non-perishable food items, flour, sugar and bread, according to Noyes, as well as a turkey and/or canned ham. If there are children in the family, Noyes said, at least one gender-specific and age-appropriate toy will be provided for each child. Noyes said those who receive the Christmas food baskets are “super thankful.” “ So many people are trying hard to make it and times are difficult,” Noyes said. “We try to do anything we can to assist them.” Rosemary Knutson, this year’s Lincoln Lions Club president, has “a special reason I’m in the club.” “ I, at one time, was a recipient of a food basket,” Knutson said. “It really means a lot to me now that I’m able to give back. This is my way of giving back.” The Christmas basket program is done each year “to help our community,” Knutson said. “For those who can’t afford it, we are able to provide a nice meal and toys.” Since the Lions Club is “focused around eyesight,” Knutson said, the organization pays for eye exams and glasses for adults and children in Lincoln who cannot pay for those services. The Lincoln Lions Club also provides Lincoln High School scholarships and sponsors the school’s sports teams, according to Knutson. Send donations to the Lions Club at P.O. Box 143, Lincoln, CA 95648. The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail stephanied@goldcountry media.com.