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Decked out in his Santa hat, Percy O’Brien checks the list as he takes another call from a family in need of assistance this Christmas.
MONTAGUE — They’re making a list and checking it twice, but the Lions Club here is still hoping enough donations arrive for their Christmas toy project.
It’s been a seasonal ritual here for the past 35 years as the Lions Club tries to ensure that hundreds of less fortunate children from throughout eastern P.E.I. find something extra under the tree.
“We’re getting lots of calls for help,’’ says Percy O’Brien, who mans the phone by day at the club toyhouse at the Montague Curling Club.
Donations come and go, and so do moms and dads hoping they might make the list this year.
The club handles hundreds and hundreds of requests each year and donations pour in from service clubs, day care centres, private businesses, homeowners and churches, and seniors who knit hats and mitts.
“I’d like to be able to say we don’t need as much,” says O’Brien. “But that never seems to be the case.”
The Lions Club members begin gift distribution to hundreds of families throughout the region a few days before Christmas.