Toy drive time

Dear Editor:

The Christmas Season is fast approaching and the Fergus Lions and Reliable Ford are once again preparing to stage our annual toy drive in support of the Centre Wellington Food Bank Christmas Hamper Program.

The Fergus Lions Club members will meet at Reliable Ford on Tower St. South on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10am with each member donating a new unwrapped toy, gift certificate, or cash. This year the Fergus Lions Club will raise its donation to $2,500 as a result of the support that the club has realized over the past year.

The management and staff of Reliable Ford, who have shared this Challenge with the Lions Club, since 1998, are providing their showroom equipped with a tree and plenty of space to accumulate the anticipated stash of toys. The staff members of Reliable Ford will also add their contributions to the tree.

The drive will go until Dec. 11  when the Fergus Lions will deliver the toys to the sportsplex, where Food Bank volunteers will be on hand to sort the gifts to go along with the Food Hamper that will be delivered in time for Christmas.

The Santa Claus parade will be held on the first Saturday in December (Dec. 7) and the general public are encouraged to bring toys or donations to be picked up along the parade route.

The Lions Club would like to thank the press, Wightman Community TV, The Grand 101 FM radio station and all the small businesses that allow us the opportunity to display our flyers and support us in so many ways to make sure the drive is once again successful.

The plans have been made, the teams are ready, and now all we need is to have the community support the drive. Each year it is more difficult to meet our goals of making sure “No Child Goes Without.” We encourage everyone to help us out, as you have done so willingly in the past.

We thank you in advance for your assistance. You will be glad you helped when Santa comes to your house!

See you all at the Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 7.

Gary Waterhouse,
Fergus Lions Club
Toy Drive chair