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Lisbon Lions need help to help others

LISBON –The Lisbon Lions Club is asking the community to help them assist the less fortunate this Christmas season.

Brian Clapsaddle from the Lions Club attended a village council meeting seeking permission for use of the town square for a food/toy donation drive. He said this is something the organization usually pays for itself, but they lack the funds because their weekly bingo night has been canceled since March because of the pandemic.

The Lions Club will also be unable to host its annual Christmas auction because of the COVID-19 rules in place, which was another source of funding for the food/toy drive.

Community collection boxes were also placed by the Lions Club at the local Sparkle Market starting around Thanksgiving, “and we all know what is happening there,” Clapsaddle said, referring to the store’s scheduled closure this Saturday.

Council enthusiastically and unanimously gave the Lions Club permission to use the portion of the square where the gazebo is located for the event, which will be held Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clapsaddle said people wanting to donate one new toy or monetary donations are asked to drive by on South Park Avenue and club members will be there to take the items from passing motorists. The club’s goal is to put enough baskets together for 100 households.

Later in the meeting, council member Linda Donnalley reported the Chamber of Commerce was still considering hosting the annual Christmas parade. It would be on Dec. 4 at the county fairgrounds.

She said the county health department prohibits them from using the traditional parade route through downtown Lisbon unless everyone remains in their vehicles.

Council expressed puzzlement over having to hold the parade at the county fairgrounds instead of downtown since it is held outside and there is plenty of room for people to socially distance.

“It’s different rules for different things,” Donnalley said.

Councilman Jerry Cox recommended the chamber hold off making a final decision on the parade route because the rules could change before Dec. 4. Council president Dawn Thomas agreed.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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