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Event to benefit community Christmas basket program in Mount Hood communities

COURTESY PHOTO - All toys donated at the Dec. 14 event are contributed to the annual project to provide Christmas to those in need in the Welches Schools area. Throughout the year, the Mt. Hood Lions can be found hosting several endeavors to benefit those less fortunate in the community. In December, the effort takes the form of a toy drive and prime rib dinner.

Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door, for a dinner of prime rib, ham, vegetables and potatoes. Attendees are also asked to bring a $20 toy, to help the community Christmas basket program. The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Mt. Hood Lions Clubhouse, 24730 E. Woodsey Way, Welches.

Dinner will be cooked by local chef and Lion club member Craig Calvert. There will be a social hour beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

All toys donated are contributed to the annual project to provide Christmas to those in need in the Welches Schools area.

The Lions have hosted the toy drive since 1996. "It's a great way of getting the community together before Christmas, too," said event chairman Tyler Lehmann. "I like to see the community get together for a dinner and the amount of toys that come in. Spirits are high around the Christmas season."

In the past, the club has been able to compile around 100 toys for children in the mountain communities. "People have a lot of fun at this event," added Lions Club President Milt Fox.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Welches Mountain Building Supply, 67250 Highway 26; Clackamas County Bank, 6740 Highway 26, Welches; and the Barlow Trail Roadhouse, 69580 Highway 26, Welches. You can also ask any Lions Club member about tickets.


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