Help Poulsbo Lions Bellringer help our neighbors | In Our Opinion
December 16, 2011 · 11:36 AM
The Poulsbo Lions Bellringer Fund continues to grow. Thanks to you, the fund is up to $16,046 as of Thursday morning. That’s almost half of the goal.
The $26,000 raised in last year’s campaign helped more than 300 families put food on the table, keep the lights and heat on, and keep a roof over their heads.
Times are tough and wallets are tight. But know this: Every dollar helps. We’ve seen children bring in bills and change, we’ve seen donations of $25, we’ve seen checks for $1,000. Each is equal in its power to do good. It will take $35,000 to meet this year’s anticipated needs. Know that whatever you give to the Poulsbo Lions Bellringer Fund, you are making a difference in the life of a neighbor.
There are several ways to give. Get your car washed at Mike’s Car Wash in Poulsbo Village; as he’s done for several years, the owner is donating proceeds to the fund.
Local churches and organizations like North Kitsap Fishline and ShareNet provide a safety net in the community, providing food, emergency shelter and emergency financial assistance to neighbors in need.
One of the major threads in that safety net is the Bellringer Fund, founded in the 1940s by Frank and Mabel Raab as a vehicle for neighbors to help each other during emergencies. Chances are good you know someone who has been helped at some time by the fund.
The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club administers the Bellringer Fund for the Raab Foundation. Fishline and others periodically turn to the Bellringer Fund for help providing assistance to a family facing eviction, emergency assistance paying a utility bill, and keeping a home supplied with heating fuel. Last year, Bellringer supplied 100 Christmas food baskets to local families.
Donations can be dropped off at the Herald, 19351 8th Ave. NE, Suite 205, Poulsbo, WA 98370; and at Union Bank, 19950 7th Ave. NE, Poulsbo. Donations can be mailed to the Herald, P.O. Box 278, Poulsbo, WA. 98370. Donations will be listed in the Herald through December.