Don Lehn at the Chilliwack Alano Club in June, 2019. The club has had to cancel its Christmas party for the children of members, but is still hoping to drum up a few treats to deliver. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Don Lehn at the Chilliwack Alano Club in June, 2019. The club has had to cancel its Christmas party for the children of members, but is still hoping to drum up a few treats to deliver. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack’s Alano Club still hoping to make Christmas bright for local kids

With their annual Christmas party cancelled due to restrictions, club appeals to community for help

A Christmas party for the families connected to the Chilliwack Alano Club is one of the many holiday events that can’t go forward this year.

Every year, the Alano Club hosts a party and sees up to 150 kids and their parents, along with Santa Claus, food and gifts. It’s a positive day helps support their families, many of who are in recovery programs.

Obviously the party couldn’t go ahead during the pandemic under the current health orders. But that doesn’t mean the club isn’t treating their members’ children to something special.

This year, they will be providing the kids with small gift cards. And they’re looking to local businesses to help the cause.

David Lock, owner of Lock’s Pharmacy and an Alano Club Director-At-Large, says his business supports the club’s endeavors as a way of keeping the community healthy and strong. By chance, both have been serving Chilliwack for the last 71 years.

“The Alano Club is truly Chilliwack’s best kept community health and family support secret,” he says. “Let’s let everyone know how important it is as part of our community fabric.”

They have a goal of raising $1500 for the Club’s Christmas gifts.

Anyone interested in donating can email: chillanoclub@gmail.com or call 604-792-9099.

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