December 22, 2018 will mark the Pekin Lions Club’s 72nd Christmas Basket Distribution. Each year the Pekin Lions have solicited funds from the Pekin community in order to purchase both perishable and non-perishable items for food baskets to be distributed to the needy in the community. The needy are identified through nomination forms made available in the Pekin Daily Times, on our website and on our Facebook page in the month of November. This year, due to shortfalls in giving we are able to provide only 250 needy families with food baskets. We understand this time of year there are many organizations requesting donations in order to help the needy, but the Pekin Lions are a volunteer organization so 100% of funds donated go to the food basket project. Our goal this year was set at $17,000 and thus far we have received a little less than $5,000 toward that goal. If you would like to donate, your donations may be sent to Pekin Lions Club, Attn: Christmas Basket Project, P.O. Box 751, Pekin, IL 61555-0751. Donations may also be made through our website, pekinlions.org, or our facebook page.