Merritton Lions Club donation drive a roaring success

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For five straight hours this past Saturday, donations streamed in from the surrounding community during a food, clothing and bottle drive put on by the Merritton Lions Club at the Merritton Community Centre.

Around 25 volunteers collected clothing, nearly 2,500 pounds of food and 18,400 empty alcohol bottles.

“Most people brought all three,” said food drive chair, Keith Brown.

Last November, a similar drive took place, bringing in 1,600 pounds of food, several bins of clothing and $2,000 worth of empties.

“I think people realize there’s a need in the community and want to help,” Brown said, adding that clothing donations were up 50 per cent over the previous drive.

Having cancelled their typical Christmas turkey raffle last year, the club decided to run a ham and turkey raffle in conjunction with the weekend drive, thanks to the support of Con Gusto Artisan Bakery, Sheena Magnotta and WSC Financial Solutions.

The raffle sold out, bringing in $2,500 while giving out 40 hams and 35 turkeys before the approaching Easter weekend.

Brown expects nearly as much cash will be collected from the empties and said the funds will be distributed to local community organizations. Clothing and food were donated to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.

Club president Samantha Robb thanked the community for their support.

The next event for the club will likely be a May dog walk in support of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program.

Jordan Snobelen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Niagara this Week