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July 17, 2012 > Bay Area Leo Club donates over 150 toys

Bay Area Leo Club donates over 150 toys

Submitted By Katie Mei, Photo by Michael Chiang

This summer, Bay Area Leo Club (BALC) held its first local toy drive benefiting Fremont Youth and Family Services.

Established in 2011, the Bay Area Leo Club currently has 42 members - young men and women who volunteer their time to perform a variety of community service activities. The group is a youth branch of the Lions Club International, one of the world's largest service club organizations.

In early June, dozens of student member volunteers walked and delivered fliers to neighbors at several hundred surrounding homes, asking for new and gently used toys.

The following weekend, students returned to collect the generous donations. They were pleased to find many community members had responded and showed tremendous support by contributing a wide variety of books, toys, puzzles, games, sports equipment and ride-on vehicles.

Dustin Chiang, Bay Area Leo Club President said, "This is our first toy drive effort and we're grateful to our community members who were instrumental in making this toy drive a success. We are fortunate for this opportunity of demonstrating our leadership to enlist the support of the general public. These collaborative efforts helped us exceed our expectations by donating over 150 toys."

In 2012, the Bay Area Leo Club will continue to strive to reach out to their community to demonstrate Leadership, share their Experiences and embrace Opportunities to serve.

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