November 15,2014 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club will deliver 100 Christmas food baskets with turkeys and all the trimmings on December 20th starting at 7 a.m.
Each year for the past 27 years, the Lions Club has delivered food baskets to the needy of East County. This year’s chairman, Roy Collura, will collect all the food at, 215 W. Lexington El Cajon, where it will be divided up into identical baskets (boxes) for delivery by the Lions and Leo's Club of El Cajon High School.
Each basket will contain a 15 lb Turkey, various canned goods, milk, bread, cereal, noodles, rice, apples, eggs, cheese, cookies, soup, celery, stuffing mix and much more. Last year the San Diego Food bank sold the Lions various food items at a steep discount enabling them to deliver the much needed food to additional families. That relationship will continue this year.
This annual tradition began in 1967 when the Lions delivered food to 25 families. That number grew to 33 by 1998 and last year they delivered to 100 families and 15 more were picked up.
The Lions will pack their own boxes and make the deliveries in their private vehicles with the help of the Leo's. The Salvation Army provides the list of families in need based on criteria that they have used for years.
Anyone wishing to donate food may contact Lion Collura at 619-504-0583.