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King City Lions deliver food to pantry in nick of time

Club's $400 donation grows thanks to generosity of local businesses
by: Paul Wilson LIONS GET AROUND — King City Lions Club member Bill Gerkin (left) stands with Grocery Outlet co-owner Tony Slyter after a shopping spree for West Coast Bank’s food drive that resulted in a big donation to the Tigard Covenant Church food pantry.

King City Lions Club members are continually helping people in the community in various ways, and they recently made the holidays a little brighter for a lot of people.

The Lions donated $400 to West Coast Bank's food drive and used the money to purchase as much food as they could at the King City Grocery Outlet.

Co-owner Tony Slyter gave them "very special prices," so they were able to get more than $450 worth of food at Grocery Outlet's already low prices, according to Lions member Bill Gerkin.

"On Dec. 12 we took the food right from Grocery Outlet to the Tigard Covenant Church food pantry across Pacific Highway from King City, and they said their shelves were almost empty," Gerkin said.

"They said the shelves were the lowest they had ever been since they opened. They were able to hand out the food the next morning, which is their regular day."

Club members also spent another $100 purchasing toys for West Coast Bank's toy drive, and thanks to specials and deals, they probably got about $125 worth of toys, according to Gerkin.

One of the Lions' major fundraisers is newspaper recycling, and people can drop off their old newspapers at the Lions' big purple box, which is located at the south end of the King City Professional Center parking lot where King James meets Pacific Highway.