Sunbury Eagles gather, hand out Holiday baskets
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3614, a.k.a. the Sunbury Eagles, are always ready to lend a helping hand, and last Saturday Eagles members gathered at their facility at 235 North Columbus Street in Sunbury to pack Christmas baskets and bags of food for families in need around the area.
The day began at 7:30 a.m. when Worthy President Steve Webb and several other early-bird Eagles went to Kroger and filled three pick-up trucks with $3,000 worth of groceries.
Back at the Eagles Club, over 50 volunteers had a complementary breakfast, then packed 30 Christmas baskets and 150 grocery bags of food, including hams and turkeys.
“After we loaded our trucks we headed out to hand deliver over 150 bags across the community, traveling to Sunbury, Johnstown, Centerburg and Croton,” said Aerie 3614 member Duane Dumas. “When it was all said and done we had delivered Christmas baskets and gift cards to over 30 families.”
Dumas said the Eagles would like to send a special Thank You to Kroger for preparing all the food for pick up.
In addition to helping families during the Christmas holidays, in recent years the Sunbury Eagles have donated money to the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, the American Cancer Society, the Big Walnut Education Foundation, Community Library, the BST&G Fire Department, the Harlem Township Division of Fire, the Genoa Township Fire Department, the Porter-Kingston Fire District, and the Sunbury Police Department.
Also beneficiaries of the Eagles’ generosity have been the Big Walnut High School Girl’s Soccer Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Girls Basketball Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Wrestling Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Cheerleading Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Marching Band Boosters, and the Big Walnut/DACC FFA, to name just a few.