Lake County community shines during the holidays

By Dawn Bushouse

Special to the Star

When the Luther Lion’s Club opens their doors for a week at no cost to 133 volunteers who set up gifts from 153 donors-wonderful things happen. This year children from low income families benefited as parents shopped for gifts for 687 youngsters. Donors and volunteers made sure there was a wide selection of books, warm clothing, hats and mittens, socks and underwear, a toy, and stocking


The Lake County Sheriff loaned a trailer. Football players filled the trailer with gifts. Houseman’s Foods loaned shopping carts. The Atkinson’s prepared lunch for all the volunteers. The Rotary, Department of Human Services Board and more than one hundred individuals and groups gave money to purchase gifts; Great Lakes Energy People Fund purchased books. Churches and organizations competed to collect socks and underwear. Shoppers shopped all year long.

The Knights of Columbus-Lake County gave coats. Area pool league players donated toys. Children gave their allowance money to help others. People knitted or crocheted slippers, hats, scarves and mittens. Parishoners from St. Adelbert’s Basilica in Grand Rapids brought up over 1000 items. More than one hundred volunteers helped during the week of the distribution. It is amazing how many people are involved in this program of


The families who receive the gifts are so grateful for the kindness and generosity of this community.

Just in case any family was going to be hungry on Christmas Day, vouchers were given so they could get Christmas dinner ingredients from the Lake County Churches Charities Food Pantry at St. Ann Catholic Church. They fed 240 families.