“Plainfield Lions Program Reaches 131 Families"

December 20th 2014

The Plainfield Lions Club, in one of its many community outreach programs, spent the holidays giving out goodies to families in need as part of its annual Christmas “Basket” program.

The Plainfield Lions Club is now in its 66th year of serving the local community.

Over the years, actual baskets of food have given way to gift certificates from Jewel Foods, but the club still prides itself on providing holiday feasts for area families in need. This year, the Lions gave to a record 852 people in 162 families, by far its largest outreach in history.

“I’m incredibly proud of the Plainfield Lions Club and the many community donors who sent donations,” said event chairman Larry Wiers. Wiers has chaired the Christmas “Basket” program for the past 16 years.

In those 16 years, the Plainfield Lions Club has touched more than 8,000 people in over 1600 families with $175,500 in food gift certificates.

As the Plainfield area has grown, so has the number of families in need. The Plainfield Lions has responded to that call by increasing its “basket” allocation from $2,221 in 1999 to $21,500 in 2014.

“The Plainfield Lions Club is committed to helping those most in need in the Plainfield area, especially during these very difficult times” said Wiers.

Wiers said the organization conducts fund-raisers throughout the year to fuel the Christmas “Basket” program as well as other outreach efforts such as the free spaghetti dinner for seniors and providing glasses and eye care to those in need. Fund-raisers include a spring dinner/silent auction, a summer golf outing, a fall candy drive and the popular nut sale during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

A crew of 30 Lion members and friends delivered the gift certificates on Saturday, Dec. 20, providing a total of 162 families with holiday feasts.

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