On Saturday, members of the Harbor Mesa Lions were Santa's helpers at the Westside Boys & Girls Club. Some 150 children chose their gifts for family members and themselves from donated toys and presents. Earning credits throughout the year to shop with by completing homework assignments, each child was given a large plastic bag in which to gather the toys to be wrapped. Approximately 1,100 gifts were wrapped by the Lions club members.
"This is a big day for the kids and our members," said Harbor Mesa Lions President Jennifer Kelder. "We all get the spirit and joy of the season, plus get to see these kids be rewarded for their efforts. We also enjoy checking out the latest toys and stuffed animals as we are all kids at this time of year!"
To see more pictures of the event, check out the website, nhcmlionsclub.com.
The new officers for the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends are Steve Bender, president; Jack Keating, vice president; Howard Crock, secretary; and Don Krotee. Bender is leading the group to a new website after the first day of the new year and a new name: Newport Bay Conservancy.