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Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with one of the children during the 2010 Bay City Lions Club Holiday Party

Bay City Lions Club to Host Annual Children's Holiday Party

December 14, 2011 at the Bay City Boys and Girls Club in Bay City

November 27, 2011       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum,
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The Bay City Lions Club will host its annual Children's Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Bay City Boys and Girls Club in Bay City.

The holiday celebration will include dinner for the kids and their families, musical entertainment, individual visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a gift for each child. Club members do the cooking, set up and tear down, gift wrapping, and serve the food. Volunteer elves assist Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bus transportation to the event is also provided with help from Bay Metro.

Free vision screenings for children ages 1-5 will also be offered through the Lions Project Kidsight program. A special camera is used to take a picture of the youngster's eyes. Results are immediate and can indicate whether a professional exam is needed.

The Bay City Lions Club has been hosting this party for nearly 45 years. Darlene Krumpholz, the party's organizer, said, "It has grown from just a few children to over 350 in recent years as the need has grown in our community."

Several local charitable groups refer eligible families from throughout Bay County and generous sponsors such as Coca Cola, Gordon Food Service, Rosie's Pies, and McDonald's help us make it happen.

Krumpholz said, "We do it for the looks on the kids' faces when they see Santa and receive that toy."

The Bay City Lions Club was established 90 years ago and boasts over 200 members who are active in a variety of community projects such as providing eyeglasses and hearing aids to those who cannot afford them, collecting used eyeglasses for overseas missions, supporting Leader Dog programs, building and maintaining Bay City's Bigelow Park, Kidsight vision screening for children, and more.

The group's primary fundraiser is Tag Days when members are out in the streets each April to collect the money to fund these projects. Every dollar collected from the public goes directly back into the community.

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