Local Lions Club free Christmas toy programs and holiday programs.

Local Lions Club chapters provide many services to the less fortunate, including help at Christmas as well as other holidays. Members of each and every club collect surplus items including Christmas trees, toys for kids, clothing, food, and more. Almost everything provided to a Lions Club chapter will be donated by the community and are then passed to the less fortunate.

All sorts of donations may be given by a Lions Club. Each and every chapter is different, but in addition to providing free stuff at Christmas, there may be free hearing aids, cell phones, eye glasses, laptop computers, strollers for low income mothers, and more. The charity operates year round, and volunteers assist the less fortunate throughout the year as well as holidays.

Free holiday and Christmas items from the Lions Club

Christmas Tree sales are held. Generally, the trees are sold to the public, but the price will be lower than say a major retail outlet or big box store. However, that being said, if there is a household in need and that has no other options available to them, then a free Christmas Tree may be given to them. In some instances, a Lions Club will give a tree to a low income senior citizen, families with children, and others in need in the community.

Of course, there may also be small presents given out on Christmas for free. Most of the gifts will be for kids. There may be a Lions Club center that will deliver a meal to a senior citizen who can’t drive or someone who is in the hospital (see below). Or they will drop by a nursing home and spread Thanksgiving or Christmas cheer to the residents of it. This may be singing a song, helping to serve a meal, or bring small treats/gifts.

That being said, when a Lions Club organization does offer help at Christmas, it will most likely be in the form of passing out presents to kids. There will be gifts for kids, infants, teenagers, and children of all ages, races, backgrounds, and incomes. Any child in need should be able to get help, and the Lions Club members will try to make that happen.

 

 

 

 

Lions Club work with businesses in the community to collect new, unwrapped Christmas toys. Once they are collected, volunteers will sort them based on age and gender. There will then be distribution points set up in your local community, and the Lions Club will also advertise their toys for kids’ programs. The process will include how to apply as well as pick up Christmas gifts.

Food, meal and Christmas holiday parties

Another major holiday program is their holiday parties and meals. These may be held by the Lions Club. When these take place, anyone in need can stop in for food. Volunteers will serve meals, both at Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is always staff needed to cook the food, shop for groceries, set up tables, and clean up. Please do donate at a local Lions Club in your area to help those in need.

Not only that, but often a Lions Club volunteer(s) will visit the sick, elderly, and lonely in the hospital or nursing home. Or they will hold a celebration in a retirement home or community. These Christmas (and even Thanksgiving) programs may involve volunteers serving meals, telling stories, sharing food, and just in general spreading holiday cheer! The goal is to spread holiday joy to those who may have limited family or if the family does not live close by. During this event there may also be small Christmas gifts provided to participants for free as well.

 

 

 

More information on Lions Club holiday programs

There are hundreds of chapters across the US. Not all of them offer help at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Even if they don’t, the charity can still provide other forms of support, such as clothes, eye glasses, hygiene’s supplies and more. To find a local Lions club in your area, search here. https://directory.lionsclubs.org/?language=EN

 

By Jon McNamara

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