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Amherstview Lions Successfully Fill Christmas Hampers this Season

Amherstview Lion Richard MacKay-Smith waits for residents to come get their two boxes of food and stands ready to put bread, potatoes and milk into the boxes in freezing temperatures on the morning of December 17th, 2017.

Amherstview Lion Nilesh Daya with his wife Anita with two boxes of food ready to go to the truck for the addition of bread, potatoes and milk on the morning of December 17th, 2017.


It’s a well-oiled machine that attempted to eradicate hunger at Christmas time in Amherstview in December 2017.  The community of Loyalist Township played a huge role in the Amherstview Lions Christmas Hamper Project.  Donations poured in from the residents and businesses of Loyalist Township.  The groceries were collected at Amherstview’s three churches, the three schools, Foodland, the Henderson Recreation Centre Library, the Henderson Care Centre, Changes Hair and Esthetics Salon, Briargate and the Amherstview Fire Station.  Food also came from the community of Bath thanks to the Bath and District Lions Club.  Under the watchful eye of Heather Anne, volunteers and Lions loaded the groceries onto tables and grouped them together.  The Lions also taped and arranged boxes by number in the Amherstview Community Hall.  No complaints were heard from the elves as they diligently worked on the evening of December 15th.

Each family was awarded two boxes. On Saturday, December 16th the boxes were then filled with pasta, sauce, soup, canned vegetables, beans, canned fruit, cereal, peanut butter, sugar, carrots and Kraft Dinner.   Toys were added if warranted.   Santa would have been proud of the efforts of the Amherstview Lions and the volunteers!

The names of families were given to the Amherstview Lions Christmas Hamper Project Chair, Lion Neville Taylor.  It’s been said that he hadn’t slept in three weeks.  When Photo ID was presented at the door of the Amherstview Community Hall, Lion Neville and Lion Bruce checked the list and then called out the number for the two boxes assigned to that family.  Immediately that family was handed a voucher for a turkey.  Volunteers or Lions would retrieve the boxes for the family and a vehicle went to the rear of the hall for the allotted groceries.  Safety has always been a concern of the Amherstview Lions and as a result Loyalist Township pylons were placed to keep order for the traffic outside.  Lion Carman Fisher supervised the traffic on the bitterly cold morning of December 17th.  From the truck, bread, milk and potatoes were then added to the groceries.  The outside temperature was as low as -24 degrees and certainly it was not a day to be standing, waiting and working in the frigid air.

The Amherstview Lions Club assembled and distributed 154 Christmas Hamper Baskets as well as toys for area families as part of the Centennial Service Challenge to help eradicate hunger.  For nearly 100 years Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world.  To celebrate the Lions 100th Anniversary, Lions are being asked to reach the goal of serving more than 100 million people by June 2018.  The Amherstview Lions and the community of Loyalist Township are definitely up for the challenge.

Submitted by the Amherstview Lions Club