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‘Tis the season for giving

‘Tis the season for giving

Every December since 1983 (you do the math!), the community-service oriented Seal Beach Lions Club has held a gift drive and pancake breakfast for the residents of Casa Youth Shelter.

This year, Lions Club members and local businesses donated gift cards to be distributed among our residents during a festive breakfast event, held at the Marina Community Center in Seal Beach, just a few miles from the shelter in Los Alamitos. Lions and Leos (the youth community service branch of the Lions) served as volunteer hosts to our kids.

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“It’s important that the kids know the local community cares about them,” said Lisa Kemp, a Lion and an organizer of the event. She makes a point to include gift items for the kids that are warm and comforting, like socks and blankets. “We’ll warm their hands and feet,  while Casa warms their hearts,” she said.

Santa Claus was in attendance, and while one young girl was good-naturedly afraid of him (“my whole life, he always creeped me out!”), the others were excited to see him.

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Overall, according to Lisa, the event was a success and “the kids were delightful this year.” We are humbled and so grateful to the Lions for the kindness and generosity shown to our kids this holiday season!

Want to give back? Check out our wish list, or — for something a little more hands-on — our volunteer opportunities.