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Lions Club participate in celebration of $16.5 million dollars for community groups

Celebration of $16.5 Million Dollars for Community Groups

Provincial gaming officials, local politicians and dozens of community volunteers gathered to celebrate $16.5 million dollars raised for community groups in the past twelve years at Treasure Chest Bingo and Community Spirit Gaming for local charities and not for profits in Kingston Ontario on Friday December 1st 2017.  Elliot Ferguson of the Whig Standard was quick to point out the benefits of the Treasure Chest Bingo for the local community groups.

Begun more than a decade ago, the revamping of Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming is now a partnership between Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association, the Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario local charities and gaming and bingo centre operators.  Treasure Chest Bingo converted to a charitable gaming centre in 2005 and Community Spirit in 2012.  As part of the province’s charitable gaming a number of new games were introduced.
In Kingston 120 community groups have received funding from two charities bingo halls.  This is the kind of grass roots work that means so much to our community said Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala.

As a result of the shared distribution from Treasure Chest Bingo in the past the Lions Club of Amherstview has aided youth in the community and beyond including the Loyalist Township Minor Hockey Association, the Loyalist Skating Club, Loyalist Area Scouting and Special Olympics.  As a matter of fact at a recent meeting, the Scout Commissioner of Bath and Amherstview thanked the Amherstview Lions for their generous donation.  The Lions members of Amherstview are often overwhelmed by the accomplishments of the younger generation because their inspiration spurs members on to greater deeds of service.

The Amherstview Seniors have also greatly befitted from the Amherstview Lions Club donations.  This month the Amherstview Lions Club partnered with the Odessa and District Lions Club in order to purchase a Shower Commode Chair for the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital in Napanee. This chair is to be used in the Palliative Care Unit.  Locally the club has provided Meals on Wheels to 81 Senior Citizens as a result of Lion Del Weber’s persistence.  In partnership with the Lionesses the Lions Club has provided a Harvest Luncheon and later a Euchre party to the great delight of our senior citizens.  Providing for the seniors of Amherstview warms the hearts of the Amherstview Lions.

In addition, just recently the Club donated to the following registered charities: the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Kingston Branch of the Canadian Hearing Society, the Sunshine Foundation Dreams for Kids, Ronald McDonald House, the CNIB, as well as Camp Dorset where children with kidney dialysis can attend.  The Amherstview Lions Club is proud of its ability to support these compassionate institutions.

Annually, the Christmas Hamper Project has been spearheaded by Lion Neville Taylor and aided by the Amherstview Lions Club Parade (chaired by Lion Carman Fisher).  This project has given assistance to over one hundred families in Amherstview.  The Parade generates part of the food and donations involved in the Project.  This is followed by six weeks of collections from the local churches, private donations, the local schools and all for this worthwhile cause.  What would Christmas be without toys for the children?  Carefully selected toys are also a part of the Christmas Hamper Project. 

Once the non-perishable food is collected then there are three days of organization by the Lions members themselves and other volunteers.  Come check out the grocery carts as they move cautiously among the stacks of food!  A truck filled to bursting with turkeys, bread and milk adds to the contributions.  It is a labour of love that brings smiles as big as all outdoors to the Lions of Amherstview.

The Lions Club of Amherstview is grateful to the Treasure Chest Bingo.  The funds raised by the Club’s weekly participation are always put to good use for the seniors of Amherstview, the youth of Loyalist Township, the needy of Amherstview as well as many charitable institutions
Article provided by the Amherstview Lions Club