Plainfield Lions Program reaches 152 families
Last updated 12/12/2019 at 8:42am
The Plainfield Lions Club, in one of its many community outreach programs, spent the holidays giving out goodies to families in need as part of its annual Christmas "Basket" program. The Plainfield Lions Club is now in its 70th year of serving the local community.
Over the years, actual baskets of food have given way to gift certificates from Jewel Foods, but the club still prides itself on providing holiday feasts for area families in need. This year the Lions gave to 845 people in 152 families. A record-breaking $27,450 in Jewel gift cards were distributed to area families.
"I'm incredibly proud of the Plainfield Lions Club and grateful for the many community donors who sent donations", said event chairman, Larry Wiers. Wiers has chaired the Christmas "Basket" program for the past 21 years. In those 21 years, the Plainfield Lions Club has touched over 11,000 people with $270,800 in food gift certificates. "The Plainfield Lions Club is committed to helping those most in need in the Plainfield area, especially during these very difficult times" said Wiers.
Wiers said the organization conducts fund-raisers throughout the year to fuel the Christmas "Basket" program as well as other outreach efforts such as the free spaghetti dinner for seniors and providing glasses and eye care to those in need. Fund-raisers include a spring dinner/silent auction, a summer golf outing, a fall candy drive and the popular nut sale during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
A crew of 50 Lion members and friends delivered the gift certificates on Saturday, December 14, 2019 providing a total of 152 families with holiday feasts.
"The response we get from the families is truly heartwarming," said Wiers. "One family told us that 'it is the first time we have smiled in a long, long time'. Another shared, 'I am so thankful that we live in the Plainfield community. Please tell the Lions Club that I now know there is a God.' And yet another recipient, holding back tears, told us, 'It took a large burden off my shoulders and was able to see pure joy on the faces of my children. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now we will have a Christmas.' And finally, 'I cannot put into words how much I appreciate what the Lions are doing. I feel truly blessed. I am crying tears of joy."
Said Wiers, "We know we have touched them in a very real way and hopefully lightened their burden during this holiday season."