The spirit of giving and joy came alive at the Portage Atlantic Centre as the District N1 Lions hosted their yearly Christmas celebration for the youth in treatment at Cassidy Lake. This heartwarming event has become a cherished tradition, with the Lions once again proving their unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

On Sunday December 10th, approximately 40 members of the District N1 Lions descended upon Cassidy Lake, creating a festive scene with Santa and Mrs. Claus leading the way. They brought not only the festive cheer of the holiday season but also words of hope and inspiration for the young individuals undergoing treatment at the Portage Atlantic Centre. Santa himself took centre stage, joyfully distributing carefully selected gifts that were thoughtfully purchased by the dedicated members of the District N1 Lions. One of the unique aspects of the Lions' involvement is their personalized approach to gift-giving. Working with the Portage Atlantic staff, the Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick Lion’s Clubs are provided with the youth’s Christmas wishes. The Lions’ members, in turn, go above and beyond, carefully selecting thoughtful and meaningful gifts for each adolescent.

For many of the youth in treatment, this Christmas celebration marks the official beginning of the holiday season, creating moments of joy and camaraderie that resonate long after the festivities conclude. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and excitement as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the Lions created an enchanting experience for everyone involved.

In the spirit of community, collaboration, and compassion, the District N1 Lions have once again proven that the true magic of the season lies in giving from the heart.

In the photo above:  Mrs. Claus, Russell King (Chairman of Portage), Katrina from Portage, and Lorraine from the Sussex Lions Club.


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