Christmas giving already has begun for the Jackson Township Lions Club.
This holiday season, the Lions have embarked on several projects including one that will provide for Jackson Local School District families in need. The Lions have organized the donation of gift cards which will be provided to four families to be used for food and children's Christmas gifts.
Members of the club also made sure that families throughout the Stark County community saw support during the holiday season by teaming up with the Salvation Army. Lions members served as bell-ringers for the organization's annual Red Kettle campaign, raising funds at the Nobles Pond Buehler's.
During its annual Christmas party at La Pizzeria on Dec. 5, the club recognized the work of individuals who helped with these and other projects throughout the year. The evening included dinner and music from the Jackson High School jazz band.
During the program, several Lions were honored for their work in the community.
Dr. Richard Lehrer received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award for dedication to humanitarian services. It is the highest award given by the Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Several members earned significant milestone Chevrons. Honored were: Chuck Cignetti (15 years), Dr. Richard Lehrer (20 years), Bill Burger (25 years), Herb Fornwall (25 years), Dave Hoffman (30 years), Ted Stuhldreher (35 years) and Bob Weisgarber (50 years).