By Maddalena Vani, Leo Chairperson for District A711
Following Santa’s visit to Kleinburg, Ontario, during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa was super impressed by the Kleinburg Leos involvement.
That night, the Leos held a silent auction for their Muskoka Chair project which raised $550 for Canadian Red Cross. (Stay tuned: The funds will be donated in the New Year.)
Later on, Santa invited the Leos to his workshop to help the elves build toys for all the good girls and boys around the world. And who would refuse an offer like that!
The Leos were inspired by the elves work and decided that they would build teddy bears and donate them to children in the GTA who could use a warm hug this holiday season. As the Leos left Santa’s village, all the elves congratulated them on their hard work and wished the Leos a happy 4th year charter anniversary (Did you know: The Leo Club charter celebration was held on December 4, 2013).
As the Leos arrived back to Kleinburg, they trekked to Vaughan Mills and built more than teddy bears; inspiring them to donate a symbol of comfort and warmth to The Gatehouse.
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Now, if you are new to Kleinburg, or don’t know the history of the Kleinburg Leo Club, you may ask, how did the elves congratulations inspire the Leos to donate to The Gatehouse? Well, back in December 2013 the Kleinburg Leo Club decided that they would do the unthinkable, and offer a snow shovelling service in exchange for donations.
The Leos thought, the snow removal service would allow them to meet residents of Kleinburg, help citizens who are unable to shovel their driveways, and fundraise
The Leos built a strong relationship with The Gatehouse that year, and in fact during the Leo’s Charter Night on December 4, 2013, Arthur Lockhart, the founder of The Gatehouse was a guest speaker. He enlightened the Leo’s guests about The Gatehouse’s mission and objective, and inspired others to do good!
After an eventful winter of snow, the Leos raised $2,520.00 and donated the funds to The Gatehouse in March 2014.
Continuing to support and honour the services and support The Gatehouse has offered youth throughout the years, the elves congratulations inspired the Kleinburg Leos to show their appreciation to The Gatehouse once again.
Did you Know: The Gatehouse provides a range of both formal and informal support and outreach to individuals impacted by childhood sexual abuse, and assists those impacted by childhood sexual abuse to reclaim their voices]. The Teddy Bears will be given out to children visiting The Gatehouse and in need of support from abuse they faced.
The Kleinburg Leo Club invites all young adults in the Kleinburg and surrounding community to come out to our next meeting on Sunday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kline House, or a future event!
Upcoming events/activities include:
Eyeglass donations, organizing our Dodge 4 Diabetes tournament, prom dress donations and more!
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