Letter: Elburn Leos invite community to fight hunger

The Elburn Leo Club is inviting all community residents to participate in a food drive on
Sunday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 Filmore St., in conjunction with their annual Breakfast with Santa.

This event is part of the Relieving the Hunger Campaign, a Leo Club global campaign taking place during the months of December and January that focuses on hunger and malnutrition.

Leos everywhere share a common belief: community is what we make it. During the Relieving the Hunger campaign, Leos are fighting hunger in their communities, while raising awareness of this global problem. Over one billion people do not get enough food to be healthy. Recently, financial and economic crises have pushed more people into hunger, and many hunger relief organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with demand.

For the Elburn Leos, organizing this project gives us a chance to help families in our community who don’t have enough to eat or can’t afford to buy nutritious food giving us the opportunity to build a stronger, healthier community.

The Elburn Leos challenge you to help your community by collecting non-perishable food items, paper and personal hygiene products from now until the date of the food drive. From Nov. 27 through Dec. 5, a drop box will be available for your convenience at Jewel Osco in Elburn. You can purchase an item at Jewel and leave it in the drop box labeled for the Elburn Leo Club Food Drive.

You could also consider organizing your neighbors, family and friends or ask your employer if you can place a box out at work, label it for donations for the Leo Club Food Drive and drop off all you have collected on Dec. 5 at Elburn Lions Park. All items donated will benefit the Elburn Food Pantry.

In addition to the club’s upcoming Relieving the Hunger service event, the club will host a Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be mingling with the guests and chatting with the children about their Christmas wishes. Bring your camera and take home a memory.

All-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice, coffee and milk will be available. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger.

The proceeds from this event will benefit Elburn Leos Charities.

Leo clubs are groups of boys and girls ranging in age from 12 years to 18 years old who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Elburn Leo Club, please contact Pam Hall at (630) 365-2620 or pamh@elburnlions.com

Check out our website at www.elburnlions.com and get involved in helping your community.

Pam Hall
Elburn Leo Club Advisor