Guest Editorial: Local youth make a difference while enjoying Elburn Days

The Elburn Leo Club is a youth group of boys and girls ranging in age from 8 years to 18 years old who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

The Elburn Leos have continually gone above and beyond to meet the needs of their community, help others in need and support local charities. They host events ranging from Breakfast with Santa to a Wii Tournament, all in hopes of raising funds for charities.

Their sponsor, the Elburn Lions Club, has led by example for 82 years. The Elburn Leos have had the opportunity to work side by side with the Elburn Lions and they have learned early on how their efforts can make a difference. They have learned that working hard at fundraising events is rewarding and fun. Their success gives the Elburn Leos the opportunity to help others by supporting local organizations and the community.

In December 2010, The Elburn Leo Club hosted a food drive. Upon delivery of the items to the Elburn Food Pantry, volunteer Rita Burnham explained that the food pantry historically has a greater need for items when summer comes to an end. Over the past few months, the Elburn Leo members decided that hosting a food drive at the annual three-day festival, Elburn Days, would be the best way to reach the community and support the local food pantry.

The Elburn Leo Club is inviting all community residents to participate in the food drive during Elburn Days from Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21. Non-perishable food items, paper and/or personal hygiene products will be accepted at the Leo Club Ice Cream Concession Stand throughout the weekend. The Leo Club Ice Cream Concession Stand is located at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, in the main pavilion.

Individuals that make a donation of non-perishable food items, paper and/or personal hygiene products on Friday evening, Aug. 19, will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the Elburn Days weekend. The Elburn Leos are up for the challenge of restocking the shelves at the local food pantry and ask that everyone attending Elburn Days help them succeed in their goals.

The Elburn Leos’ motto is “Making a Difference,“ and by sponsoring a food drive, they are making a difference by helping feed residents in their community.

Pam Hall
Elburn Leo Club