Lions Club celebrates successful auction, raising $5,500 – The Suffolk News-Herald

The Suffolk Lions Club celebrated one of its most successful charity auctions in December.

During the annual auction, members collect items donated by businesses to raise funds for charities supported by the club. Auction items include gift certificates, gift cards, gift baskets, merchandise and services.

The 2021 charity auction raised $5,500. Part of the money will go to the Suffolk Cheer Fund, which provides toys for children over Christmas. The remaining money will be used to help disadvantaged people in Suffolk with sight and hearing problems.

“We have put a lot of effort into this and are pleased with the good response from local businesses and restaurants,” said Chuck Britt, chairman of the Suffolk Lions Club. “We hope to be able to do it again next year and set a new record.”

The Suffolk Lions Club will enter its 99th year of community service in July. Lions is a worldwide civic organization whose main objective is to help people with hearing and visual problems.

Suffolk Lions can be seen at many local events including recycling drives, collecting glasses and hearing aids for recycling. Other fundraisers include selling brooms, Brunswick stew, Boston butts and raffle tickets, and volunteering for SmithfieldVAEvents.

Before the pandemic, the Lions Club also visited elementary schools to check students’ eyesight. They would then refer students to a specialist and help them with payments if needed.

“The Lions Club is primarily about hearing and sight, but we meet other needs whenever we can,” Britt said.

Anyone interested in learning more can visit the Suffolk Lions Club Facebook page or email suffolklionsclub9308@gmail.com.

Charles P. Patton