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Lions Club members recently delivered presents to residents at the Portage Atlantic treatment centre in New Brunswick. From left: Lion Keith Doiron, North Rustico, PEI Lions Club, Courtney Ward, Santa, David Godin and Lion Rod Wright
CASSIDY LAKE, N.B. - Over the weekend, Lions club members held their annual Christmas celebration for Portage Atlantic youth.
This year, more than 25 District N1 (New Brunswick and P.E.I.) Lions gathered at Cassidy Lake to take part in this longtime tradition.
Santa and his elves were on hand to distribute gifts they handpicked for each individual youth in treatment.
For some, it was the first gift they have ever received.
Over the holidays, young people in residential treatment at Portage Atlantic have a lot to look forward to in the New Year as they undertake to regain control of their lives and rid themselves of their dependencies, work on their relationships with their loved ones, and become active and contributing members of society.
The staff at Portage Atlantic’s rehabilitation centre do their best to make the holidays special for the residents.
The annual Lions Christmas celebration on Dec. 7 help deliver a joyful and memorable experience.
“The Lions took their time to find what it was we (residents) asked for on our wishlist. I appreciate everything from this day and I feel so grateful for the gifts,” said Portage Atlantic resident David Godin.
Resident Courtney Ward was equally grateful, stating that this celebration was the most memorable Christmas yet.
“The District N-1 Lions Portage Christmas celebration is one of the projects that our Lions from all over New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island enthusiastically support,” said Lion Rod Wright, drug awareness chair. “Our motto is ‘We serve’ and being part of this day the Lions leave with a sense of what it truly means to serve and to give back to our communities.
“These young people are working very hard to turn their lives around. The Lions know this is not easy, and they so much appreciate being a small part of the transformation, and bringing a smile to the faces of the residents.”