The Lloydminster Lions are in giving mode as they hand out cheques, socks and gloves to non-profits in the community.
Richard McMahon with the community service group is expressing gratitude for all the community support as businesses like Northern Factory Workwear, Exhaust Masters and also the Legacy Centre allowed residents to come by and drop off donations of pairs of socks. As well, Titanium Energy Services pitched in over 150 pairs of gloves. He said overall the community donated some 400 pairs of socks.
Recipients include the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre, the Interval Home and Lloydminster Youth Centre and also the Salvation Army. McMahon says this is the fourth year of the Sock Drive as they pitch in to keep feet warm during the cold weather.
“We came up with this idea that everybody would have warm feet at this time now – winter time; it’s nice to have warm socks. So we have been doing this and donating socks.”
Among the recipient groups for cheque donations was Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jacqueline Weed who is the director of service delivery indicated the funds will help out with their mentoring recruitment campaign that is going on in January.
“There’s always a need for mentors. As people hear about us, they sign their kids up to have that positive , special person in their lives to spend time with. So we always have a need for mentors.”
Also getting some cash was Lloydminster Minor Hockey whose executive chair Dean Segberg said that the funds would help out with operational costs like jerseys for the kids and ice time.
“One of our goals is to keep hockey as affordable as we can, with things like rising costs – inflation, insurance, utilities; the ice rates go up year-over-year.”
The third group to benefit from the Lions generosity was the Kiwanis of Lloydminster for the Music Festival which is coming up in April 23 to May 6.
Kerry Taylor, president of the Kiwanis Lloydminster Music Festival in expressing their gratitude to the Lions says they are looking forward to returning to an in-person format.
“We would just like to invite everybody out – on those days to come and see these young performers present their beautiful music.”
Venues are Grace United Church and Vic Juba Community Theatre.
McMahon added that all the non-profits were able to come to a Lions meeting and share about the work that they do in the community.