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Lions Christmas tree sale, food drive now under way

By Staff | Nov 29, 2010

Sanibel Captiva Lions Club members Francis Bailey, left, and Tom Krekel sold Christmas trees at the Bailey's Center lot during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club continues its tradition of great service as they are again offering their annual sale of Christmas trees on the islands.

The premium-quality Fraser Christmas Firs have been freshly cut and were shipped on refrigerated trucks from North Carolina. Make sure to visit us with your families and pick out that perfect tree for your home.

The Lions Club tree lot is located in the Bailey’s Center, between The Grog Shop and Island Cinema. You can stop by to pick your special tree Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’d like to thank everyone in advance for supporting this holiday tradition,” said Tom Hoover, the Lions Club’s president. “We hope to sell more trees this year than ever!”

In addition, the Lions Club are conducting their annual Holiday Food Drive for the homeless. They encourage everyone to come and support the drive with their donations, and of course, there is a PR opportunity in it for you!

They will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army. You can drop off the donations at their Christmas tree lot in the Bailey’s Center. All local businesses are encouraged to take up collections of food from now until Monday, Dec. 20. If you stop by the tree lot between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 20 to drop off your food items, you’ll get a publicity picture taken with the Lions.

The Lions will make their annual delivery to the Soup Kitchen on Wednesday, Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas dinner.

“We’d like to thank everyone in advance for their generous donations and willingness to help those who are less fortunate,” added Hoover. “We are always glad for an opportunity to lend a helping hand.”

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club has been dedicated to helping the less fortunate since its inception on Dec. 26, 1967. The proceeds from its various fundraising events help support a number of charities. Academic scholarships for handicapped students and programs for the visually impaired are just two of the causes that the Club supports.

To make donations and view the full list of causes and organizations supported by the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club, please visit sanibelcaptivalions.org/fund_raising/contribute.html.