Millet Lions continue Xmas hamper tradition

Millet and area residents who are having trouble in these tough economic times can once again rely on one group of...

This holiday season

Millet and area residents who are having trouble in these tough economic times can once again rely on one group of friends for help: The Millet Lions.

The Millet Lions Club is once again running its Christmas hamper program. Lions Club member Audrey Smith stated all hampers are donated to local families who need them, and the families themselves are nominated from within the community.

Smith said the club encourages anyone and everyone to nominate less fortunate families who would benefit from getting a Christmas hamper. She said the club briefly flirted with the idea of some kind of screening process to ensure the hampers only went to those truly less fortunate families, but she said it was virtually impossible to discern. She also noted confidentiality is provided to the best degree possible.

“You really can’t judge by what you see on the surface,” said Smith by phone Nov. 15.

“Last year I believe we did 43 hampers. That was a big year for us.”

The hampers originally were a turkey dinner, but the program has grown a bit since then. “We give a gift to every child,” said Smith who also noted all groceries are purchased locally at the Millet Fresh Market.

Local schools also pitch in by collecting toys during Christmas concerts, and local youth groups are invited by the Millet Lions to help wrap gifts for the hampers.

Smith said guest wrappers are given a gender and age, and then allowed to pick and wrap a gift from those available for that particular child.

After nominations forms have been finalized, a distribution night is picked by the Lions Club. Volunteers are welcome to help, but the Lions ask that adults only attend; no kids.

This holiday season, the Lions Christmas hamper program will also benefit from the “Collect & Connect the Millet Food Chain” campaign; chain links are available for only a $5 donation at many locations in Millet.

The nomination forms are scheduled to be available the first week of December and nomination forms can be dropped off at the Town of Millet office on or before Dec. 16. Cash collection and food/toy donation boxes will be placed around town soon. The wrapping night will be Friday, Dec. 16 at the Millet Lions Club, the distribution night will be the following Friday, Dec. 23.

 

Just Posted

County of Wetaskiwin approves lots at Dorchester development

Lots located at Pigeon Lake golf course have strong interest says developer

UPDATE Hwy #2A north of Millet open after head-on collision

UPDATE Two drivers suffer serious, non-life threatening injuries on Hwy #2A

Wetaskiwin Leaders of Tomorrow youth awards kick-off

Nominations now open for Wetaskiwin youth leaders awards

Writer says government’s Bighorn campaign full of dishonesty

Bighorn plan is to destroy land, not protect it

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Edmonton Police advise delays expected for Tuesday pro pipeline convoy

A pro-pipeline truck convoy is expected Tuesday morning on the Anthony Henday in Edmonton

Jason Kenney disputes expense allegations while MP

Questions over his residential expense claims from his time as a cabinet minister in Ottawa

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

46% of Canadians $200 or less away from financial insolvency: poll

45% cent of those surveyed say they will need to go further into debt to pay their living and family expenses

Most Read