SANDWICH – A $500 donation was presented by the Sandwich Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1016 to the Franklin Mall Christmas Project at its recent meeting.
The sharing project has been directed by the Sandwich Lions Club since the 1970s, when one of the club’s Charter Members, Franklin Mall, asked for its help because his health was deteriorating.
Lion Karen Spangler, food box chairwoman, and Lion Kyle Wallis, cheer basket chairman, thanked the Sandwich Moose for its donation and support of the Franklin Mall Christmas Project throughout the years.
The Franklin Mall Christmas Project started in 1954 when Mall, just before Christmas, started taking groceries to folks “having a tough time of it.”
He also dressed as Santa and visited the elderly in their homes on Christmas Eve, bringing them a small basket filled with cookies made by his wife, Peg, an apple and an orange. It wasn’t long before local residents started helping, financially, with groceries and homemade cookies.
The project has continued to grow, and at present the Lions Club collects donations of nonperishable groceries such as canned fruit and meat, boxed dinners, noodles and cereals that will be delivered to more than 200 households within Sandwich School District 430 boundaries Saturday, Dec. 21.
Each of the boxes also will contain a gift card for food purchases at Art’s Food Market in Sandwich.
Christmas Cheer Baskets of homemade candy and cookies, made by volunteers, will be delivered to about 400 individuals by a team of six Santa Clauses on Christmas Eve, as well. Visits by Santa are made at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, the Sandwich Rehabilitation Center, Ironwood Estate, Sandwich Manor and to those living in their own homes throughout Sandwich.
Those wishing information can call Spangler at 815-786-2189 or Wallis at 815-304-3175.
Monetary contributions can be taken or mailed to: First National Bank, 100 W. Church St., Sandwich, IL 60548; Attn: Kathryn Boehmer.