Lions donate over $26,000 worth of kids jerseys to local charities

The B.C. Lions are joining the season of giving.

The Lions have donated over $26,000 worth of toddler and youth jerseys to the following charities: Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, Surrey Christmas Bureau and Options Community Services.

“We are grateful to organizations like the BC Lions for donating merchandise to help create Christmas experiences for children in our community,” said Chris Bayliss, executive director of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

“No matter the situation, a child is a child at Christmas time, and during the holidays all they want is that gift to unwrap just like all of their friends.”

“We thank the BC Lions for this generous donation of 140 Lions jerseys to our charity. It’s because of these amazing donors that we are able to be there for so many of our community in need,” said Options Community Services chief operating office Christine Mohr.

“At this time of year, many underprivileged children go without gifts and something to call their own. This donation will help build a child’s sense of pride and rise above difficult circumstances of their lives while proudly wearing their BC Lions jersey.”

Earlier this month, the Lions sent proceeds from mask sales during COVD-19 totalling over $7,500 to local food banks around the province.

“Food Banks BC is so thankful for the support we have received from the BC Lions,” said Food Banks BC executive director Dan Huang-Taylor.

“In what has been a hugely challenging year for so many communities across the province, this generous donation will have significant impact in helping our food banks as they support families and individuals.”

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