The Heavener Ledger is getting visits and phone calls regarding the applications for Christmas Food Baskets that the Heavener Lions Club has distributed in years past.
According to Ralph Perdue Jr. of the Lions Club, the sheer amount of applicants and the size of the average family are growing exponentially every year and the costs are climbing to make this by far the biggest project expenditure for the club, taking away from our true purpose, which is to make eye care and eye glasses available to those that absolutely cannot afford them.
This year, the club will make significant monetary donations to local entities that will be providing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners for the people in the community instead of giving out the baskets.
Perdue also said the Club is going to implement some new projects that will benefit less fortunate children in the area. He added that he hopes everybody understands the Club’s reasons for making this change.
He also reminded everybody to come to the Christmas Parade on Dec. 6 and see Santa Claus at the east end of the Heavener Public Library afterward.