The Vermilion Lions Club hosted their annual Santa Anonymous, delivering food and toy parcels to approximately 60 families on December 15.
The program has been running for approximately 40 years, and now services Vermilion, Minburn, Mannville, Clandonald, and Islay. Head elf, Dolores Coates-Lingley, has been volunteering for the past 24 years, and Hannah Thompson has volunteered for the past seven years.
“It’s fun!” said Thompson.
“It’s all about the children and the joy of Christmas!” added Coates-Lingley.
The program relies on donations of toys, and monetary funds to help with the food hampers, and according to Coates-Lingley, fills a need in the community.
“I’d like to thank the Lions Club and volunteers. I would also like to thank the quilters and knitters and local businesses for their donations. In addition, I would like to thank the Vermilion Fire Department for helping with delivery, and anyone who has donated their funds, time or toys,” said Coates-Lingley.