Stephenville Lions Club: Gone to the Dogs (and Cats)

This past weekend, the Stephenville Lions Club was clearly gone to the dogs (and cats) or at least in support of. 

On Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 hundreds of shoppers came through the doors in search of that unique gift idea during our Lions Dog Guide Fall Craft Fair & Bake Sale. With Christmas only nine weeks away, they were out in droves, many with Christmas list in mind.

Perusing the 56 tables one could easily empty the wallet and the bank account (many vendors now take email transfers). If unique and homemade gifts are your preference, no worries we had it. There were woolen socks, scarfs, hats, socks and mittens; homemade jewelry; traditional seal skin moccasins; personalized home decor. Local authors and artists were flaunting their talents (and rightly so). Like a sweet every now and again with no time to bake?..no worries, plenty of that as well. There were bottled pickles, beet and jams, with many a fresh loaf of bread for purchase to go with it. 

After so much shopping in the hall and the den, many sat down and enjoyed a hot bowl of chicken or moose soup with a fresh roll made by our own Lions Bob Whalen and Dave Rex. 

Many shoppers enjoyed a risk or two and purchased a ticket on the beautiful basket of goodies donated by our generous vendors, but Leah Carey walked away smiling as she collected her prize (for sure she’ll give her Christmas list a dent with that haul). Lion Kevin Williston was the lucky winner of $198 in our 50/50 draw.  

At the end of the day, $3490 was collected from the rental of tables, door admission, baked goods and kitchen sales along with ticket sales. The organizing committee, while pooped and tuckered out by day’s end, was extremely pleased to know that this money go towards helping a young child receive an Autism Assistance dog through the Lions of Canada Dog Guide program. 

During the day, many got to see first hand how a Guide Dog can offer a “normal” life to a child who otherwise struggles with daily interactions. Young Cohen Ivany and his parents, Corey and Vanessa, along with their furry friend, Worth, visited the tables during the fair. Both Cohen’s parents are thankful that programs like Lions of Canada Dog Guide programs exist, otherwise life wouldn’t for them. 

On Sunday, in keeping with the theme of helping our four-legged friends, we partnered with the Southwest Coast SPCA in hosting a fundraising bingo. While a great turnout, we can always want for more, but the SPCA committee was overwhelmed by the support showed by dozens who do not play bingo, but only came out in support of the doggies and kitties. 

At the end of the afternoon, over $1500 was raised through card sales, 50/50 sales and ticket sales on a “spooky” decorative door wreath created and donated by Lion Betty-Lou White. 

All in all, it was a great weekend in which the Stephenville Lions Club were able to continue their service by helping those who help others. As Lions International President, Dr. Aggarwal says, it is “the Power of WE!”

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