CALEXICO — Lions Club members and representatives from several Southern California labor organizations passed out Christmas gifts Saturday to hundreds of youngsters being treated at the Valley Orthopaedic Clinic here.
The Lions have been a major sponsor of the 40-year-old clinic for many years, according to Alfred Omelas, the director of the clinic and a Lion.
The Lions fund-raising efforts for the clinic over the years have totaled around $500,000, according to Lions president Charles Jordan.
The donations have allowed the clinic to build an addition to the building and buy a wide variety of medical equipment, he said.
El Centro Mayor Larry Grogan, a longtime Lion, said he appreciated the contributions of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union that made it possible for the Lions to buy a majority of the gifts.