The Dunkirk Fredonia Lions Club purchased 40 winter jackets that were given to youngsters in the Dunkirk Fredonia community before Christmas. The boys' and girls' jackets ranged in sizes from newborn up to size 16. The jackets were given to local charities such as the Willow Mission and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Lions President Judith Cole coordinated the activity at the Willow Mission along with Pete Notaro at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Incarceration Ministry. Another agency also participated. The Dunkirk Fredonia Lions Club decided to coordinate this project for its first annual drive.
The purpose of this activity was to ensure that no child goes without a brand new warm coat during the cold winter months. Every year many families are hard-pressed to afford new coats for their children. We wanted parents to be able to give their child in need, a new coat, not a "hand me down." Parents could give these jackets for presents during the holiday season. The drive was a huge success.
Lion President Judith Cole looks over the winter jackets at the Willow Mission in Dunkirk.