Sunday was a true day of service for the two Lions clubs that exist in the Saucon Valley.
The Hellertown Lions gathered to prepare and distribute a special holiday meal to local seniors, while the Saucon Valley Lions hosted a Spaghetti Dinner To-Go fundraiser.
Ordinarily, the Hellertown Lions’ holiday dinner is a sit-down affair held at a local church. However, due to COVID-19 limits on public gatherings, the group decided to prepare and distribute individual meals before Christmas.
The meals were delivered to residents of the Saucon Manor high-rise on Northampton Street as well as the Front Street Apartments on Sunday afternoon. Curbside pickup was also available at the Carriage House at Heintzelman’s, where the Lions partnered with Brooklyn’s Catering to package the food. Brooklyn’s Catering, owned by Bobbie Gianguzzi, prepared the meals and the Outreach Committee of St George’s Episcopal Church–which normally hosts the holiday dinner–supplied the desserts.
Unlike many annual events that have seen lower attendance numbers due to COVID-19, Hellertown Lion Bruce Browne said his organization was expecting to have “more dinner recipients than in previous years, which is great.”
The Saucon Valley Lions Club hosted their event at the Se-Wy-Co Fire Co. banquet hall on Rt. 378 in Lower Saucon Township from 4 to 6 p.m.
Attendees who pre-ordered spaghetti dinners were able to pick them up in the parking lot, where Santa was also on hand to spread some love (and gifts) to guests.
The event also included raffles organized by the Lions, who are involved in many charitable endeavors as part of their group’s commitment to giving back to their community.
COVID-19 safety precautions were in place at both events, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Photos below by Chris Christian. Please note: Photos 1 through 11 are of the Saucon Valley Lions’ Spaghetti Dinner To Go. Photos 12 through 22 are of the Hellertown Lions’ holiday dinner distribution.