Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lions Christmas Decorations




The Bridgewater common was decorated on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is a miracle each year that after Thanksgiving the decorations on the Common appear. The Bridgewater Lions Club is responsible for this. There were 25 Lions who volunteered their time to set up the decorations this year . Lion Don Swarce organizes the work and Lions members paint the decorations in September and October. There were ten B-R Robotics team members, one West Bridgewater High School Football player and one Raynwater Player member who volunteered their time for community service.

Over the years each of the handcrafted decorations has grown. The decorations include the wooden soldiers, the gingerbread house and the gingerbread people, the carolers, the candy canes, the rustic New England church, the Nativity scene, the Hanukkah candles, Santa, his Chair and mailbox, and the train. Even before the train is completely set up there are children waiting to "drive the train" or "sit in one of the cars".

The angels were donated by a local resident whose father made them. The Nativity scene was donated by a local artist. The train was built by inmates at the Correctional Institute many years ago. The elves, candy canes and other wooden figures were made by Lions members.
You may wonder how the Lions are able to pay for all of the decorations. The answer is simple. We fund raise and hold activities year round and we rely on the generous support of the businesses and people of Bridgewater.

Our main sponsor for decorating the Common is Bridgewater Savings Bank who generously funded the materials costs again this year. There were twelve lamp posts that needed new garland and bows this year.

Ken Perry of Perry’s Automotive on Wall Street transported the decorations. Butch Bump and Sue of Inline Fence came down to help with the post holes, which saved a lot of time.

Lions are Helen Keller’s “knights of the blind”. The mission is to prevent blindness by raising funds to further Mass Lions Eye Research. Lions purchase eyeglasses for both school children and others unable to pay for sight, sponsor youth sports, scholarships and hearing aids. The monies collected go 100% into their charity account. No one in the Bridgewater Lions Club is paid, no percentage goes into administering the charity fund.

Anyone interested in assisting with this community project is welcome. Lions are always looking for new members and residents wishing to be involved.

The Bridgewater Business Association hosts a fantastic “Christmas on the Common” and this year it will be held on December 3rd. Please click here for more information.

Bridgewater Lions Club contact Carl Hanson and his email is chanson565@yahoo.com if you would like to become involved.

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