In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Lions members will collect food for those in need. In co-ordination with the local supermarket management, we hand out leaflets in the entrance area of the supermarket asking shoppers to buy an extra food item (like pasta, rice, tinned vegetables, sweets, savouries and other not immediately perishable food) and then place it in the trolleys provided after the check-out.
We forward the food to charities like St. Vincent de Paul which will distribute it among needy people in Ireland, like homeless persons and other persons living in poverty. It is a marvellous experience! Lions donate just 1 or 2 hours and is richly rewarded by seeing people from all levels of society making a huge difference to people who are not in a position to shop, giving freely to bring a bit of Christmas joy in the most basic way: Food.