Creston Lions Club takes on TAPS fundraising

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The Creston Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors to help with its fundraising. (From left) Lion Arthur Elliott

For over 20 years, the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors (TAPS) has been serving the seniors of the Creston Valley. The organization, which is run by a very capable and dedicated group of volunteers and a director, have provided many services that serve the social and emotional needs of today’s more advanced seniors. Currently, some 65 seniors take advantage of the many programs offered. The average age of the group is 86.

However, all is not well within the world of TAPS as, like a lot of other deserving groups, they have become the victims of cutbacks in government funding via grants. The TAPS people provide a vital service to our community and they are far from throwing in the towel.

Acting director Bridget Currie and her assistant, Rosalie Wilson, met with a group from the Creston Lions Club, which presented them with a $500 donation. After further learning about the plight of TAPS, Lions Club members presented their case to the next meeting of the Lions. The result was a commitment from the Lions to spearhead some fundraising over the balance of the year in the form of some of the things that the Lions Club has become noted for.

Lion Arthur Elliott explained that the motto of Lions everywhere is “We serve.” Lion Maury Murphy, who recently celebrated 60 years as a Lion member noted that the Lions breakfasts have become a regular fixture in the community both as a fundraiser and a way of showing that the Lions really do serve the community.

As a result, the Lions will be putting on one of their famous signature breakfasts this coming Saturday at the TAPS hall at 404 22nd Ave. S. from 9 a.m.-noon.

If you are wondering just what the Lions signature breakfast is, Lion president Hugh Johnston explained it this way: “Two pancakes, two sausages, two eggs, juice and coffee all for $5.”

This Saturday, don’t have breakfast at home. Bring the gang to the TAPS hall and have a Lions signature breakfast and at the same time know that you are helping to keep TAPS alive.

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