Members of the Orillia Lions Club made rounds Wednesday handing over cheques to several community groups.
“We raised enough money through a number of formats and projects through the year. We make sure all that money goes back to local community groups to keep the money in the community because it’s the community’s money,” said Lions president Jamie Mask.
The Lighthouse donation was in the amount of $1,000. The others received $500 each.
“Any funding and donations we get like this go toward our shelter, our food and our staff that will support those efforts to end homelessness. We couldn’t do it without community groups like this that are here to support us,” said Lighthouse executive director Linda Goodall.
Two other groups will also receive donations at a later date. They are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia and District ($500) and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital ($2,000).
The Orillia Lions are also planning to resurrect an event they haven’t been able to hold since before COVID, when club members supply and serve a lunch and dinner to clients of the Lighthouse.
(Photo by Swartz – SUNonline/Orillia) Main: Lighthouse executive director Linda Goodall, Lions Club of Orillia Jamie Mask, flanked by club members Matt Lund and Michael Taylor.