Lions give $3K to Friends Who Share
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Each year members of The Sunbury Lions Club holds a Christmas Tree Sale on Sunbury Square. After the trees are sold and bills are paid the remainder of the funds are given to Big Walnut Friends Who Share, eastern Delaware County’s grass roots, all-volunteer social service agency.
Friends Who Share Center Director Gene Wampler attended last Monday evening’s Sunbury Lions Club meeting at Sunbury United Methodist Church where he was presented with a $3,000 check from the 2012 Lions Christmas Tree Sale.
“The Lions Club has helped us a whole lot this year,” Wampler said. “They pitched in and rebuilt our drop box storage bins, and the Christmas tree proceeds come close to rent for all year.”
Wampler said the need for funds continues to grow; that the Friends Who Share client list is up almost 20 percent over the last year.
“This really helps out,” Wampler said.
Lion Rick Eyman said the Sunbury Lions are honored to support Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
“We used to use the Christmas Tree Sale proceeds to purchase food baskets for needy families during the holidays,” Eyman said. “Friends Who Share knows where the real needs are, and are more efficient at serving those in our community who are struggling.”
The Sunbury Lions Club is a Big Walnut community staple that lends support to a variety of organizations, including: Big Walnut Friends Who Share, K-9 Companions, Ohio Radio Reading, Ohio Quest, Camp Echoing Hills, News Reel, Central Ohio Lion’s Eye Bank, and Delaware Speech and Hearing.
The Sunbury Lions also help Big Walnut students via service scholarships and band support, and by helping to finance FFA and cheerleading activities.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 202 countries and geographic areas. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917, the association’s motto is “We Serve”.
For more information about the Sunbury Lions Club visit their web site at < sunburylionsclub.org >.
The Big Walnut Friends Who Share Store at 216 High Street, Sunbury, is open to those in need on Wednesday mornings from 9 until 11:30 a.m., and during the evening on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
On the second Saturday of each month, senior citizens can visit the Friends Who Share Store from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Volunteers help out at the center from 9 a.m. until 11:30 every Monday morning. The store accepts donated items on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
To volunteer, to donate needed items or to make a financial contribution to Friends Who Share projects, call 740)-965‑9596. Cash donations may be sent to Big Walnut Friends Who Share, P.O. Box 424, Sunbury, 43074.