Merrimack’s Operation Santa begins

The Lioness Club of Merrimack has begun its Operation Santa Project.

Look for Christmas trees with donation cards at these locations: the Merrimack Post Office, Merrimack Public Library, Total Chiropractic Health Center, Gold’s Gym at the Commons, Gold’s Gym on Amherst Street in Nashua, Merrimack Vision Care, Frank’s Place, Hot Rize, D.W. Diner and the Homestead Restaurant.

The club receives a list of people in Merrimack who are in need of help from the welfare department. Club members take the list and type up a card for each client, and these cards are then placed on the trees. Residents of Merrimack pick a card, buy one or more items from the card and return the gifts unwrapped to the location where they got the card.

After the deadline on Thursday, Dec. 10, the club members get together at Town Hall and prepare gift bags for each recipient.

Who participates in this program? Many people buy gifts, from individuals to families to businesses to groups such as Brownie troops, and elementary school students and middle school cluster students take a card for their class.

The Merrimack Fire Department has been a huge supporter of this project, as well as the Merrimack Lions Club. Last year, D.W. Diner sponsored a raffle for its customers and gave 50 percent of the profits to help the project.

Community spirit really shines forth as Merrimack residents dig down in their pockets to aid the project. These are trying times with the economic crisis, and a lot of people need help. The Lioness Club is confident it will have everyone’s support again this year.

For more information, call 424-3311.