.

Poulsbo Lions seek donations to help those in need

For over 75 years the Poulsbo Lions Club has donated money to charities all across the city as part of its holiday Bellringer program.

Those donations are even more important this year because of money lost due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Bellringer Campaign was started in 1942 by Poulsbo Lions Charter member Frank Raab and his wife Mable, in an effort to help those in need around the holidays and to bring some holiday cheer to those who otherwise would not have much to celebrate.

For the past 35 years, Lions Club president John McDonald and co-chairman Dennis Tesch have used those funds to purchase groceries and gifts for families in need and deliver them.

“It became too much for us to do, so we stepped back and now are giving money to basically four charities: Fishline, Sharenet, St. Vincent De Paul and Coffee Oasis,” McDonald said. “Basically to help them with whatever shortfalls they may have.”

Those four nonprofits basically do what the Lions did with the money – help out people in need during the holidays.

Over the years the most the Poulsbo Lions Club has raised for the four charities was $38,000.

But in the last few years, it has averaged somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000. This year the goal is to raise $30,000.

“I’m kind of holding my breath thinking that, that won’t happen, but that’s OK. Anything that we can raise to help these organizations during this time is huge,” McDonald said.

Over the course of the next few weeks, the North Kitsap Herald will be featuring stories about these charities and explain how they have spent past Bellringer funds from the Lions Club, and what they hope to do with the funds they receive this year. If you like, the Herald also will run your name in the paper with the amount you donated, or it can be done anonymously.

The newspaper, as always, also will run a thermometer showing how much the community has donated each week toward the goal.

If you would like to donate to the Lions Club Bellringer fundraiser please mail donations to P.O. Box 1244 Poulsbo, WA, 98370.

More in News

Vaccines offer hope on anniversary of 1st COVID case

One year ago Wednesday, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was found… Continue reading

.
Locals work with feds on law to reduce carbon

About 160 local people are part of a nationwide grassroots group that… Continue reading

.
51 new cases of COVID confirmed in Kitsap

On Saturday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 51 new positive COVID-19… Continue reading

.
Supply not meeting demand for Kitsap COVID vaccinations

Kitsap Public Health asks for patience upon receiving “extremely high volume” of vaccine inquiries

.
Poulsbo man arrested for possession of child porn

A 25-year-old Poulsbo man has been arrested on charges of suspicion of… Continue reading

<em>One of Poulsbo’s Free Food Pantry’s can be found outside Fishlines Market Place on Viking Avenue.</em>
Courtesy photo
Food pantries popping up to help those in need

Take what you need; give what you can

.
State trying to make it easier to get COVID-19 vaccine

Washington is moving to the next phase of vaccine distribution, the state… Continue reading

.
Superior Court judge issues temporary restraining order against That One Place

Port Orchard restaurant has been serving customers inside in defiance of the governor’s order

.
Port Orchard surges forward in 2021 with projects, priorities

South Kitsap Community Events Center project tops mayor’s priorities this year

Most Read