For the last 7 years the Gosper County Sheriffs Department has collected toys for needy children of Gosper County. This program was started by Deputy Sheriff John Westman and his wife. Five years ago when John and his family moved to Central City the HUGE task of taking over this project was picked up by Niki Townsend and Heather Collins who both work at the Gosper County Court House. This year there was almost double the number of needy children. The average number of children was 32, this year they had 60 children needing toys, cloths, stocking stuffers,etc.
The task of wrapping all the donated items used to take days sometimes weeks. The Elwood Lions were asked to come in and help with this daunting task this year. In a record setting time of 37MINUTES all presents were wrapped and tagged, ready for Niki and Heather to box up for the Gosper County Sheriffs Department. Who will deliver on Tuesday evening.
Elwood Lions Club President Alan Hooper Presents a $500.00 Check to the Gosper County Food Pantry. The Donation will go towards the purchase of a new commercial size refrigerator. The Elwood Lions have assisted with the Gosper County Food Pantry since the beginning in May of 2013. The Gosper County Food pantry purchased over 10,000 lbs of food for the pantry in the last year alone. They started serving just 4 families, and are now up to serving up to 70 with the mobile food pantry that comes 3 times a year. some little known facts are 34 % of families choose between food or gas to get to work. 30% must choose between food or medicine, 27% must choose between food or rent or house payment. The need is great in our area, The Gosper County Food Pantry works closely with the Elwood Market, not only making it easier for local customers to donate, but also to provide fresh produce, meat and dairy to the clients of the food pantry.