The Powassan Lions Club is back with its Do-It-Yourself Family Pancake Breakfast kit fundraiser.
The Lions held their first pancake breakfast kit event in March of this year as a way to replace the huge public pancake breakfasts the club holds each year on the five Saturdays leading up to Easter.
However, COVID-19 lockdowns nixed the spring breakfasts, forcing the Lions to come up with another way to raise funds.
The members put together their first pancake breakfast kit, and the promotion exceeded all expectations.
Lions secretary Sue Oshell says the organization was looking to raise between $1,000 and $1,500 for the Powassan Food Bank by selling 100 breakfast kits, but blew past those numbers after selling 203 kits and raising $3,000 after expenses.
Oshell says this time, the money raised from the latest breakfast kit promotion will go toward Christmas baskets for families in need.
“We're aiming for 40 to 50 families in the Municipality of Powassan to get a Christmas basket,” Oshell said.
Oshell says the baskets contain a turkey, toys for children and either a $125 food voucher for a family or a $75 food voucher if the basket is going to a single person.
In the case of a family, Oshell says the value of the basket easily exceeds $200.
Just like in March, the latest Do-It-Yourself kit will include pancake mix, a 250-millilitre bottle of locally made maple syrup, 24 breakfast sausages and a 1.75-litre jug of orange juice.
Matthews Maple Syrup and Bella Hill Maple Syrup, both of Powassan, and Long's Maple Syrup in Trout Creek are all providing the maple syrup.
Oshell is hopeful the Lions can duplicate the success of the first pancake breakfast kit event, but admits that may be tough.
“The last time, we were still deep in the pandemic and we also had it during maple syrup season,” she said.
“Now it's a different time of year and some of the restrictions have been loosened up, but we're hoping people jump on board.”
Members of the public can start reserving their breakfast kits now by emailing Oshell at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Lions membership chair Donna Arkwright at 705-724-5356.
The first time the breakfast kit event was held, COVID prevented people from entering the Lions' Den building on Glendale Heights, with Lions members walking the pre-packaged kits to customers waiting in their vehicles.
But Oshell says with some COVID restrictions ending, people who reserve a kit can pick it up at the Lions' Den door.
The public can pay for the kit at the time they reserve it online or when they pick it up.
The price hasn't changed and remains at $30.
The kits can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.
If you believe you won't be able to pick up your kit on that day, let the Lions know at the time of ordering and a member will deliver it to your home as long as the address is in town.
Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative, The North Bay Nugget