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Lions gather toys and glasses

VERGENNES — There are numerous barrels around the Bristol and Vergennes area placed by the Vergennes Lions Club to help support the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Kids program. Every new, unwrapped toy will be going to children in this area. Money donated will be used to purchase gift cards for needy teenagers. At the last Vergennes Lions Club meeting, Betty Kipp, representing the Vergennes Community Forum, presented a check to President Jim McClay to help toward the gift cards.
The drawing for the 50/50 Cash for Christmas was held with Harry Curth of Ferrisburgh receiving a check for $2,130. The other half of the 50/50 will be used to fund Vergennes Lions projects in the Vergennes/Bristol area.
The Vergennes Lions are selling $10 raffle tickets to help fund the scholarship program for graduating seniors at Vergennes Union High School. Folks wanting to purchase tickets may contact any Lions Club member, or by calling President Jim McClay at 545-8181.
Also, folks wanting to get an early jump on buying tickets for the Annual Vehicle Raffle may contact any Lions Club member, or call Vice President Debbie Brace at 475-2434. This prize vehicle is a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible, and the ticket will be drawn on Memorial Day. Second prize will be $500 in cash, and third prize is an Adirondack Double Chair with bench values at $250.
Funds raised from all of these raffles help fund eyeglasses and hearing aids for needy folks, accessible ramps to folks homes, food for the needy and donations to many area organizations. At the last meeting, the club was thanked for helping provide glasses for an individual and food for the John Graham Shelter.
Lion Debbie Brace expressed thanks to all the members who helped collect food for Thanksgiving in cooperation with the Vergennes Rotary Club. People donating food at the Bristol and Vergennes Shaw’s Markets thanked the Lions and Rotarians for what they were doing to help others enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

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