Lions Club kicks off pre-Christmas activities

Errol Fréchette, Knowlton Lions Club 

Knowlton Lions’ Club members and supporters are gearing up for a full roster of pre-Christmas activities.

Lion president, Pierre Guindon, announced the launch of the Annual Fundraising Drive, whose objective is to provide the club with the sums necessary for the many services for which the club is recognized. Notably the Christmas food baskets, Christmas cheer, the Santa Claus parade, Remembrance Day activities, scholarships for our students, the scouting movement, the Wellness organization, the Food Bank, the local schools, the eye screening clinic, various sports programs, First Responders, Golden Age Club, Lions Park, etc. as well as emergency help for individuals.

In the coming days, area residents will receive an appeal for donations. Volunteers will also be going door-to-door collecting donations. Because of the vast area to be covered the Volunteers will not be able to reach every home. For this reason you are invited to forward your donations to: Knowlton Lions Club, Box 3766, Knowlton Qué. J0E1V0.

Christmas baskets 

Those wishing to apply for a Christmas Food Basket may pick up an application form at the Community Center in Knowlton. The forms will be available as of October 20. Residents of West Bolton, Brome Lake and Brome are eligible for the baskets, which come in large and small sizes according to the number of dependants. Applicants will be required to present proof of need, income, number of dependents and residency. The deadline for application is November 17.

Volunteers are needed for assembly of the Christmas baskets, which will take place at Knowlton Academy on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. To extend a helping hand please contact Gary Crandall at (450) 243-6608. Baskets will be available for pick-up at Knowlton Academy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sat. December 16.

Poinsettias will be delivered by volunteers to area seniors’ homes, to the elderly, and to shut-ins. To put forth the name of a deserving senior, or for additional information about the Christmas Food Baskets or Poinsettias, contact Louise Wing at (450) 243-5521.

The traditional Christmas cake will be available at different outlets. For information contact Sue Perkins (450) 242-9896.

Santa Claus Parade 

The Lions Club is also preparing for its annual Santa Claus Parade which will take place December 2 at 1 p.m. The parade will start at Wind Mill Plastics and end at Knowlton Academy where Santa Claus will be on hand to greet area children.

Prizes will be awarded to the best floats. For security reasons each float must, at all times during the parade, be accompanied by an adult walking beside it. Also no candies or other objects can be thrown from floats. For parade information contact
Bev Crandall at (450) 243-6608.