The Onaping Falls Lions Club hosted their first free community Christmas supper for the residents of Onaping, Levack, Dowling and Cartier at the Dowling community centre. Community groups joined the Lions donating items, helping to decorate, prepare and serve the wonderful meal. Thank you community partners, Knights of Columbus, Golden Age Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Roger’s Valu Mart, Kellys Restaurant, Falls Food and churches in the local area.
A bus was hired to transport people who had no other transporation from Levack and Onaping to the dinner. Several vans brought those attending from Cartier. More than 325 dinners were enjoyed by attendees, as well as 30 take-out meals for those not able to attend.
MPP France Gelinas, Mayor Brian Bigger and Ward 3 Councillor Gerry Montpellier attended.
Each person attending received a free penny table card for prizes. The Onaping Falls Leos attended a craft table to entertain the younger set. Santa didn’t fail to make an appearance and handed out surprise bags, candy canes and gifts to all of the children.
Before the party started, the workers presented a surprise 80th birthday cake to Lion Bernadette Desbiens, mother of Lions Sylvia and Lorraine.