For the past six years, the Canfield Lions and Knights of Columbus had collected donated food at the doors of IGA and Giant Eagle on the weekends before Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, we had to alter our collection method. A plan was devised to pass out grocery bags to every residence in the city asking for food and/or donations. Our Canfield IGA gave us 2,400 bags and the Lions members spent a Thursday evening stapling letters to the bags. Thank you, IGA.
On the first Saturday in November, a cold and wet day, the Lions, Canfield high school Leos (youth group sponsored by Lions), and volunteers from the football team distributed the bags. We asked for help again for the following Saturday, a beautiful and warm day, and it came. Lions, Leos and member of the football team collected full grocery bags for two hours taking them out to St. Paul’s monastery. Thank you Leos, coach Mike Pavlansky and the football team. That was not the end of the story. There were 700 bags of food that had to be opened and sorted before it could be distributed. On Sunday evening, youth from St. Michaels worked alongside of Lions to open and sort food. Special thanks to Brother Pascal for overseeing the entire project. On the next day the food was divided and placed in boxes for almost 85 families. The families will pick up the boxes of food along with a turkey, purchased at cost from IGA, for Thanksgiving.
We had no idea that the response by the people of Canfield would be so overwhelming -- 700 full bags of groceries were collected and more than $1,200 donated to the drive. Enough food was donated to provide 85 families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was a miracle.
Thank you, Canfield.
Philip W. Bova
Canfield Lions Club