Christ­mas Mom­mies and Dad­dies Telethon a hit

Lions raise more than $19,000 to help fam­i­lies in need from Kingston to Cold­brook at Christ­mas


A long-time telethon or­ga­nizer says Lions Club mem­bers want to give back to their com­mu­ni­ties and he doesn’t think there’s any bet­ter way to do it.

The an­nual Christ­mas Mom­mies and Dad­dies Telethon was broad­cast on Eastlink TV on Nov. 25, live from the Ayles­ford and District Fire Hall.

Kingston’s Bob Lyle, a mem­ber of the Kingston Lions for 41 years and one of the main telethon or­ga­niz­ers, said the ini­tia­tive is all about help­ing the less for­tu­nate in the com­mu­nity at Christ­mas time.

“I’m not rich but I’m for­tu­nate to have fairly good health and to be able to do the things I do and to sup­port some­body that is less for­tu­nate than me in the com­mu­nity,” Lyle said. “We want to help peo­ple, young and old alike.”

The Kingston, Ayles­ford, Ber­wick and Cold­brook Lions Clubs team up to put on the an­nual telethon, which sup­ports the Friendly Neigh­bours Club’s ef­forts to pro­vide fam­i­lies in need from Kingston to Cold­brook with food ham­pers and toys at Christ­mas. Lyle said they have a good rap­port with the peo­ple at Eastlink TV and they work well to­gether.

He said the need is al­ways there. Although the num­ber of ap­pli­cants varies from year to year, there are usu­ally be­tween 340 and 380 fam­i­lies who re­ceive as­sis­tance.

Applications for as­sis­tance are avail­able from Sobeys in Green­wood and the Kingston Phar­masave. The applications are filled out and re­turned to the stores. The forms go through a vet­ting process and re­cip­i­ents are no­ti­fied by phone that they’ll be re­ceiv­ing Christ­mas ham­pers and toys.

Lyle also do­nates his mu­si­cal tal­ents to the cause, play­ing his gui­tar and singing as part of the telethon. He said they have a great time stag­ing the event and when it comes to per­form­ing on stage, he “just loves it.” Ev­ery­one in­volved, in­clud­ing the per­form­ers, vol­un­teer their time and ef­forts.

Lyle, who firmly be­lieves that it’s bet­ter to give than to re­ceive, has started a new telethon tra­di­tion. For the past few years, he has sac­ri­ficed a Christ­mas tie, hav­ing it cut into pieces in ex­change for pledges. Cold­brook Lion Ger­ald Lit­tle and Ayles­ford Lion Brian Graves each had the hon­our of tak­ing a pair of scis­sors to the tie.

The grand to­tal as the telethon went off the air was $19,348. Donors can hon­our their pledges at RBC in Cold­brook and Ber­wick, CIBC in Green­wood, Sco­tia­bank in Mid­dle­ton and Green­wood, the Val­ley Credit Union in Green­wood and Cam­bridge, and Chisholm’s Phar­ma­choice in Ayles­ford.

Becky and An­drew McDow per­form as part of the Christ­mas Mom­mies and Dad­dies Telethon.


Wel­come to My Kitchen star Joan McEl­man and Ayles­ford King Lion Jan Chip­man work the pledge desk dur­ing the Christ­mas Mom­mies and Dad­dies Telethon.

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