It was a cold, wintery evening outside on Oct. 29 but the atmosphere inside the Virden Lions Hall was warm, friendly and full of anticipation.
The local Lions Club was giving away money again, as it does every year, sharing the fruits of its labour with the community.
The Lions distributed a grand total of $58,500, “close to a record amount” says Lion Barry O’Grady who emceed the ceremony and introduced representatives from each organization.
This year, 21 groups received Lions’ support:
Virden Palliative Care
Virden Food Cupboard
Virden ACL (Association for Community Living)
Wallace District Fire Department
Virden Christmas Cheer
Heart and Stroke Foundation
CancerCare MB Foundation
Virden Cubs Scouts
Virden Minor Hockey
Virden Figure Skating
Virden Girl Guides
Town of Virden – Boost Committee
Virden Breakfast Program
Virden Pet Network
Virden Youth Soccer
Manitoba Brain Injury Association
Sherwood Nursing Home
Canadian Red Cross