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Jordan Lions, fire department, team up for annual Christmas Food Basket Program

The Jordan Lions Club and the Jordan Fire Department are teaming up once again to provide Christmas food baskets through their Christmas Food Basket Program for Jordan families in need this holiday season.

According to a press release from the Jordan Lions Club, the Christmas project is run with support from local churches and donations from service organizations and individuals. The overall program is normally funded by the Lions “Breakfast with Santa” event and donations during the Jordan Dazzle Parade event as well.

Todd Schansberg, Jordan Lions Club secretary, said he has been a member for 23 years and the Christmas Food Basket Program is one of his favorite projects.

“Personally, this is one of my favorite projects just because it’s a chance for us to give to our community. We can put together a nice meal for them around the holiday time,” said Schansberg. “Some people are hurting a little bit from year to year and we like to help out where we can in the community. That’s what Lions do, that’s our whole motto, ‘We Serve,’ this I think, exemplifies that.”

Tony Oldenburg, Jordan Lions Club chair and treasurer, said the Jordan Lions Club has been partnering with the Jordan Fire Department for the annual project since about 1982.

“We started doing it because everyone needs a little help from time to time,” said Oldenburg.

Schansberg said the club also partners with Radermacher Super Value to provide food for the families in need.

“We buy the food through them (Radermacher Super Value) and they help us out by giving us deals on certain things. So, we buy basically meal staples like butter and eggs, dinner rolls, canned vegetables and a variety of stuffing and things like that,” he said. “The fire department has been awesome. They typically provide a turkey and a ham to go along with what we provide.”

Jerry Langsweirdt, Jordan Lions Club member, said it’s important to give back to families in need during the holidays because everyone deserves to have a nice, hot meal to enjoy with their family.

“The Jordan Lions and fire department feel it is very important for families to enjoy the holidays,” Langsweirdt said. “For some, the meal is a real supper and helps make a bit of a celebration for them.”

Oldenburg said community members can donate food items to any of the local churches in Jordan. Checks or cash can be mailed to P.O. Box 14, Jordan, MN, 55352 — payable to the Jordan Lions.

To ensure confidentiality, families wishing to participate in the Christmas Basket program should contact a member of the clergy from any Jordan church.

The Jordan Lions Club and Fire Department will deliver the food baskets to area churches in the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 14. The clergy will be responsible for the distribution of the food baskets.

For additional information on how to donate to the Christmas Food Basket program, call Oldenburg at Jordan Agency, Inc. at 952-492-6050.

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