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Santa Sacks return Dec. 9

The popular holiday tradition of Santa Sacks will return to the Lewisport Lions Community Center on Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The giveaway supplies families in need with a turkey and all the fixings for a full Christmas meal, along with toys, personal items and a small Bible.

Monty and Noel Quinn said that while donations are down this year, they also expect there to be fewer families in need in 2021. Monty said he believes many families are in a better financial situation as compared to previous years.

That could be good news for the program in serving the most needy, since donations of items and funding has seen a slip in 2021. The program typically provides socks, shoes and underwear through St. Vincent dePaul for area children, but many of those items are being held up in transit due to ongoing supply chain issues.

St. Vincent de Paul and Toys For Tots – supporters of the program – have also reported decreased donations this year.

To be eligible for Santa Sacks, a family must qualify for benefits from the Food Pantry or participate in the Back Pack Program in county schools. Noel said there may be some families unwilling to request assistance, and many of those families are identified by program volunteers.

Monty said the program has been going strong since 1974. Organizers expect 250 or more families to be in attendance this year.

If you are interested in making a donation, Toys For Tots donations are located at First Financial Bank in Hawesville, as well as at local Dollar General locations.

St. Vincent dePaul in Lewisport can be reached at 270-295-3494. Monty Quinn can be reached at 270-922-0208. Noel Quinn can be reached at 270-929-2507.

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