A Sunbury Lions Christmas Story
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Christmas has come and gone, but it’s never too late to share a true Christmas story, especially if that Christmas story originates close to home.
We are all familiar with the Sunbury Lions Club’s Annual Christmas Trees Sale on Sunbury Square to raise funds for Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
We’re also aware of the Lions’ honor system. All the trees are tagged and if Lions members are not available when you have time to pick up a Christmas tree just take the tree you want and pay for it at nearby merchants, they will forward the money to the Lions.
This year, there was a new twist to the honor system, and it also illustrates the fundamental honesty of folks living in the Big Walnut community.
We’ll let Lion Dan Shaw take over from here and share the Lions Christmas story.
“One afternoon before Christmas I was selling trees,” Shaw said. “What else would I be doing, being a Sunbury Lion and it being close to Christmas, when this lady came up to me with a $30 tree tag in her hand. There was nothing unusual about that, except it was last year’s tag.
“I’ll let her tell the rest of the story: ‘I picked up a tree last year – 2011 — and nobody was around and I never got around to paying for it, so I just saved this tag in my pocket. Now I want to pay for last year’s tree and buy another one.’
“She had saved that tag for a year and then paid her just debts,” Shaw said. “If that isn’t a real Christmas Story I don’t know what is.”