LISBON - Just as people around the county are wrapping up their holiday plans, members of the Lisbon Lions Club are making certain everyone in the immediate area will have food on their tables.
The Lions Club, along with members of the Beaver Creek Horseman's Association and Boy Scouts Troop 92, filled 180 boxes Thursday night from tables of goodies and necessities. Bought and provided through local donations, the boxes will be distributed today from 7 to 10 a.m. Most families will pick up their boxes themselves, boxes loaded with can goods, cereal, flour, cake frosting and other nonperishable items.
Families also will receive toys, provided through donations from Toys For Tots, all in an effort to make certain everyone's Christmas is a little merrier. Stacks of toys lined a ring of tables in the next room, ready to help make a child's Christmas morning brighter this year.
Times are harder in Columbiana County than in the past, proven by the number of families requesting assistance this holiday season. Bill Mundy, a longtime member of the Lions Club in Lisbon, said in his 45-years in the club this year's requests totaling 180 boxes is the biggest he remembers.
The group utilized donations, including those collected at Sparkle in Lisbon, and purchases the food items locally. The boxes are given to local families, those with a Lisbon area address.
A lot of food, for a lot of boxes, but the club has long worked out a system of people pulling the boxes up and down the aisles where the food has been stacked while other volunteers place one item from each stack in the box. Like a room full of trained elves, the group had the 180 boxes filled in no time, just in time for Christmas.