Thanks for the toys!

December 22, 2014

The Elburn Lions Club recently hosted a toy drive to benefit local children and the response from the community was tremendous. We’d like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone that donated toys, cash, gift wrap, gift tags, ribbon and dental hygiene products as well as assisted in wrapping all the toys. Thank you for your generosity, time and efforts!

With everyone’s donations, we were able to provide gifts for 35 children and 70 adults at Hope Haven and Safe Passage in DeKalb, IL. Each child will receive several presents, books donated by the Elburn Lions for Literacy program as well as toothbrushes, dental floss, coloring/activity books and homemade cookies. We were also able to help 5 families in the Elburn, Kaneville & Virgil area and 20 more families in the DeKalb/Sycamore area. We also donated a movie and popcorn gift basket and extra toys to Hope Haven for everyone’s enjoyment and daily use in the day room.

We’d like to thank the following businesses for placing a donation box at their businesses which allowed us to collect all the toys: American Bank & Trust -Elburn, Bootlegger’s Bar, Grill & Pizza- Maple Park, Chuck’s Bar & Grill-Virgil, Dollar General-Cortland, Dr. Harry Krauspe-Elburn, Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District, Jewel- Elburn, NB & T-Elburn, Old Second Bank- Elburn & Maple Park, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill-Elburn, Walgreens –Elburn and Winners Circle Bar & Grill-Maple Park.

The Elburn Lions would like to also thank the following individuals for their cash donations: Whispering Pines Trucking, G. Snow & Sons, Flint Trucking, Jim & Beverly Gillett, Fred Dornback, Darlene Stoffa as well as the individuals that donated anonymously at Lions Club events. With the cash donations, we were able to complete the toy selection for the children in need as well as purchase gifts for the adults.

Thank you to the Walmart and Target in DeKalb for the gift card and discounts allowing us to provide additional gifts.

Thank you to Dr. Harry Krauspe, Dr. Joseph Sullivan and the BuhkFamily for all the dental hygiene products for both the children and adults.

Thank you to Audrey Hanson- Alice’s Place, Elburn for your donation of coloring and activity books for all the children.

We also were blessed with many volunteers who attended the wrapping party this past weekend. What a great feeling to see everyone wrapping gifts, enjoying each other’s company, baking and decorating homemade cookies and spreading some Christmas spirit. Thank you to everyone that wrapped gifts, your assistance with this huge undertaking was greatly appreciated!

We had the pleasure of delivering the gifts to several families and the recipients at Hope Haven and Safe Passage. Our goal of making a child’s Christmas just a bit brighter during a difficult period in their life has been achieved. The looks of excitement on the children’s faces and the appreciation from their parents was the best gift of all for us. All the recipients of either an adult or child’s gift were very appreciative and wish to extend their thanks as well!

Yours in Lionism,
Lion(s) Pamela & Renee Hall