The Sooke District Lioness Club were able to play Santa this year, thanks to the club’s annual Oktoberfest.
Lionesses raised $1,800 at the event – enough to produce 34 Santa Sacks for Sooke’s needy residents.
Each Santa Sack contains a gift card, toiletries, treats and items of warm clothing.
In addition, the Lioness club donated $1,000 to the Christmas Bureau Hamper fund and Pacific West Alternative School (Sooke branch) received $500 in books as part of the Lioness for Literacy program, in all totalling just over $2,800.
“Our mandate within the Lioness program is ‘to assist women and children in need as we are able’ and we are diligent in fulfilling that mandate,” said Lioness Anne Scott.