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Coffee hour attendees learn about Angel Tree ,Lions Basket Projects
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Pictured, from left, are Mary Smith, president of the Womens Auxiliary to Pawnee Valley Community Hospital; Kevin Holt, Chamber Ambassador and host/emcee for the Nov. 18 Chamber Coffee Hour at the hospital; and Janis Fairchild, president of the Fort Larned Lions Club. The Auxiliary hosted the coffee hour to explain the procedure for adopting a child from the Angel Tree at the hospital. A large crowd attended the annual event. - photo by JERRY BUXTON Great Bend Tribune



The Women’s Auxiliary to Pawnee Valley Community Hospital hosted last Thursday’s Chamber Coffee Hour, in the Jo Brenner Room at the hospital, to explain its annual Angel Tree project that benefits needy children in the community. Mary Smith, auxiliary president, explained the procedure for taking a "tree" from the bigger tree, and finding clothing needs listed for one particular child — sizes, etc.

Janis Fairchild, president of the Fort Larned Lions Club, told of the club’s more than 35 years of conducting the Christmas basket project. Club members will take food baskets, and some clothing items, to the homes of needy individuals and families a few days before Christmas. There will be toys, too.

Also, Larned High School students have trick-or-treated for hundreds of canned-food items to be given away. And the Student Council at LHS is taking care of the toy portion of the drive.

There has been much help from the community at large, Fairchild said. The Lions will use funds at the last moment, i.e. perhaps as late as Dec. 24, to buy perishable food items.

Participants/donors are asked to bring wrapping paper and the "right size" box to the hospital by Dec. 3, along with the gifts, of course.