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The Clarkton Lions Club made a $500 donation to Elf Angels Fund on Tuesday night during its semimonthly meeting at the Clarkton Fire Department.

Elf Angels Fund founder Debbie Heustess was presented the check by club president Rusty Marsh.

“The Lions Club has been very loyal supporters of the Elf Angels Fund and we appreciate it very much,” Heustess said.

The Elf Angels program began more than 20 years ago with a challenge to some folks to help families in need during the holidays, Heustess told the club. As it grew, it became a needy children’s fund and was set up as a non-profit organization.

Today, the program helps children and seniors during Christmas and also helps people in need during the year. This year, Heustess said, Elf Angels Fund is helping 33 seniors in rest homes and group homes who have no family members to look after them. The program also has helped three families who have lost homes to fire.

The program works with Bladen County Social Services and Families First to get help to people in need, Heustess said.

Donations may be mailed to Elf Angels Fund, 10578 South College Street, Clarkton, NC 28433. The fund is a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more information, call Heustess at 910-874-1776.

In other business,

• The Lions Club set Dec. 13 for its annual Christmas party. The site is to be determined.

• Heard about a blood drive scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Clarkton. Appointments may be made online by clicking here or contacting Mary Elizabeth or Sonny Jones.

• The Lions Club next meeting is set for Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clarkton Fire Department. The club is seeking men and women to join.