Stittsville District Lions help to fill the Christmas hampers at the Stittsville Food Bank

(Members of the Stittsville District Lions Club donate 175 gift cards purchased from their 2020 annual fundraiser to Stittsville Food Bank Chair, Theresa Qadri. L to R: Lesley McKay; Helen Burke; Don Zogalo, President of Stittsville Lions; Theresa Qadri; Ron Hauck, Director of Inventory for the food bank; Beth Lewis; and Marilyn Southall. Photos: Stittsville Central)

The Stittsville District Lions Club have been holding their Annual Fundraiser for several years. Each year the Lions choose a cause to support and then send out a letter to the local businesses and residents asking for donations. This year the Stittsville Food Bank was chosen to support their Christmas hamper campaign.

In their letter, the Lions knew that with COVID-19 has affected many families and the need for help would require more support from the Stittsville Food Bank. “Families are suffering and finding it most
difficult to make ends meet. Still, food has to be put on the table.”

To date, $8,500 has been raised, with more donations arriving daily. The Lions supported local businesses by purchasing 175 gift cards, in the amount of $25 each, to be donated to the food bank. It is a win-win both for the businesses and for the Stittsville Food Bank. The stores that participated were: Giant Tiger, Megan and Brandon’s No Frills, Brown’s Your Independent Grocer, IDA Pharmacy and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

(Stittsville District Lions Helen Burke and Don Zogalo, Lions President, display just some of envelopes filled with gift cards for the Stittsville Food Bank.)

Upon receiving this generous donation, Theresa Qadri, Chair of the Stittsville Food Bank, said, “The generosity of Stittsville is unbelievable and these gift cards will go a long way in helping the many families in our community…I can’t thank the Lions, residents and businesses enough for your support.” “These cards are so appreciated.”

(Lion Beth Lewis hands over the donated gift cards to Theresa Qadri, Chair of the Stittsville Food Bank)

The Stittsville Lions thank everyone for their kind donations and support to help them make a difference in someone’s life during this Christmas Season.

Knowing that January is a difficult time for the food bank, the Lions will be donating the balance of donations received at that time. Donations are still gratefully accepted. Should you wish to donate, contact the Lions at or leave a message at 613-836-4964.

(Stittsville District Lions members present the gift cards to Stittsville Food Bank Chair, Theresa Qadri, from donations received from the Lions annual fundraising campaign. (R to L) – Marilyn Southall, Beth Lewis, Don Zogalo (in back), Helen Burke and Lesley McKay.)



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