Lions spread holiday cheer

Lions Club of Grand Cayman members brought a busy month of charity to a close Christmas day with its annual present drive.

It was the 32nd consecutive year that the Lions have given up their Christmas morning to bring gifts and cheer to the elderly, handicapped and indigent.

‘For some recipients the Lion that delivered their gift that would be the only face they see on Christmas,’ explained Lion Debbie Ebanks, the club’s 2nd vice president.

The gift packages consisted of food, clothing, toiletries and towels. ‘It’s very heart-warming to see the anticipation and appreciation on people faces on Christmas morning,’ she said.

Mrs. Ebanks paid tribute to Lions families that supported the drive and also Ernst and Young staff, who assisted with the drive and other activities throughout December.

The drive brought to a close what has been a busy December for the Lions Club of Grand Cayman. Their Christmas activities began at the start of December with their annual Funds for the Needy Drive. The event brought Lions out in full force to collect money at retail outlets that would sustain their activities through the month.

From 5 December, Lions and their supporters spent a minimum of three hours per weeknight wrapping gifts for the various parties they had planned for the month.

The parties began on 12 December at the Sunrise Adult Centre in West Bay. There, residents and staff were treated to a tasty Christmas meal of ham, turkey and all the other usually Christmas trimmings. They also received gifts, purchased by the Lions, from a gift list that clients had provided.

The next day they took the party to the Lighthouse School, where they organised food and drinks for students and staff. Students followed with their annual Christmas performance before the Lions’ Santa arrived with gifts for students.

On 16 December the club hosted their biggest Christmas event, bussing over 400 children to the Lions Centre for the club’s annual all-island kids Christmas party. Children spent the day playing games, jumping on bouncing castles and waiting for Santa’s arrival. He didn’t disappoint, dishing out over 400 presents and candy to the many children on hand.

Mrs. Ebanks paid tribute to those that had helped the Lions throughout the month including State Street employees at the all-island kids Christmas party and Crusader International employees, who donated children’s gifts to the Lions rather than having their usual ‘Secret Santa’ within employees.