The St. Davids Lioness Club members are holding a food drive to benefit Project Share.
The Lioness have organized their event as a safe drive-through — just drive into the parking lot, pop your trunk and they will grab your donation.
The Lions will be selling Christmas trees, and will be ready to assist if necessary, says Lioness Anna Marie Warriner.
The food will go to Project Share in Niagara Falls, which has seen the need in the community grow by 40 per cent during the pandemic.
The Lioness club, now under president Jo-Anne Brytwak, is 41 years strong, with 26 active members, and a couple of women who want to join as soon as COVID restrictions are lifted.
“They bring opinions and strength” to the club, says Warriner, but with long-serving Lioness aging, the club can always use new members.
With their traditional fundraisers cancelled due to the pandemic, including the St. Davids Lions Carnival, where the Lioness always have a game booth, as well as their annual craft show, and Breakfast with Santa, the women had to come up with other ideas to offer support to those in need. They decided the food drive could be handled safely, and fit the bill.
“Everything we do goes back to the community,” says Warriner, “and we try to keep it local.” Organizations like Project Share, The Salvation Army, “all the charities need help.”
While some clubs have combined Lions and Lioness, the St. Davids Lioness have remained independent, enjoying a collaborative partnership with the Lions.
“We have a lot of support from our Lions,” says Warriner. “They help us, and we do what we can to help them.”
Both clubs have the same goal, to help their community, “and we work well together. They’re a great bunch of people to work with.”
The Lioness will accept food items, cash, or cheques for Project Share.
The food drive is Saturday, Dec. 6 at the York Road club hall, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For information about the most-needed food, visit https://www.projectshare.ca/food-bank