Operation Santa Claus

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Every Christmas Season, the Garden Ridge Lions provide Christmas meal ​donations
​and children's gifts to less fortunate families in the Garden Ridge area.

​​A note from President Mark Dubois:.  What a team effort for them as they gathered ​family names for delivery, ordered toys for each child, ordered food for the ​food baskets, mapped out the routes for delivery to the families, and ​organized delivery of the toys and food to the Community Center and then ​out to the families. What an amazing team effort! Thank you all very much.

Victoria Speakmon, daughter of Lion Dave and Lori Speakmon, initiated a hygiene drive in support of the children of the 50 families on our Lions Operation Santa Claus list; over two-hundred children will each receive two toys/gifts and a hygiene kit for Christmas, along with a generous food basket for the family. Victoria raised the money, ordered the needed hygiene supplies and built the kits specifically geared to the sex and age of each child. The kits consisted of soap, toothpaste, deodorant, fragrances, etc., and was individually wrapped in a net Christmas stocking. Victoria has assisted in our Lions Operation Santa Claus for many years, starting when she was a young child. She truly has the giving spirit.

Lion Mandy Hagy, Operation Santa Claus Co-Chair, and Victoria Speakmon displaying hygiene kits delivery day, Saturday, December 15, 2018
Victoria, wading among the many boxes of food and bags of toys, ensuring that each child has a hygiene kit.
Victoria is “Making a list, and checking it twice.”
Lions Greg Loser and Santa Rick Shelton add eggs to each food basket on the morning of delivery, December 15, 2018.
Pictured from Left to Right; Lion Marva Shelton, Linda Heier and her granddaughter, Co-Chairs Lions Mandy Hagy and Bill Swint; preparing to load up their selected families for delivery. Every year, Lion Dave and Linda Heier bring their grandkids along on delivery day to teach them that “Giving” is the true meaning of Christmas
Victoria Speakmon and Lion Randy Maschek check the list of children with the actual bags of wrapped toys to ensure each child is included
New Lions Rick and Marva Shelton pose by the Christmas tree; they are appropriately dressed for the occasion.
Operation Santa Claus Co-Chair Mandy Hagy quality checking the food baskets before they go out the door
Victoria’s fiancé and Victoria Speakmon pose by the massive Christmas tree with samples of her hygiene stockings.
From Left to Right: Lion Larry Thompson, Linda Heier and her four grand children, and Lion Windell Cannon, add frozen Christmas pies to each food basket before delivery.
From Left to Right: Lion Larry Thompson, Linda Heier and her four grand children, and Lion Windell Cannon, add frozen Christmas pies to each food basket before delivery.
The Speakmon Family; Lori, Victoria and Lion Dave Speakmon