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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Barge Canal Optimist Club of Lockport recently donated dressed teddy bears to the YWCA of Niagara Frontier Domestic Violence Program to be distributed to the children who parents who need the program.

Barge Canal Optimist Club Holiday Teddy Bear 
Co-Chairmen Pauline Leacock and Joan Pickles 
present the dressed teddy bears to Kathy Jackson, 
Safe House & Transitional Housing Manager 
YWCA of Niagara Frontier domestic Violence 
Program for distribution. (CONTRIBUTED
“These little bears may be the only gift a small child will receive this Holiday Season, Co-Chairman Joan Pickles said. “Think of the joy on their face when they hug their little bear for the first time. Also we wish that the “dressed to the T” bears will be as much fun for the children to receive as it was for club members to dress them.”

Co-Chairman Pauline Leacock stated “The Barge Canal Optimist Club has been supplying these adorable bears to the YWCA for over 14 years and each year club members tend to out-shine the year before. There are Lion King bears, a princess or two, skating bear, Santa bears and baby bears to mention just a few. Club members are just so creative.“

The Barge Canal Optimist Club has been serving the Lockport Community for 25 years. Youth service projects include Just Say No!, Girl Power, Fifth Grade Basketball, Bike Safety, Internet Safety, Project Backpack, Project Warm-A-Kid, and Senior Awards.  Community service projects such as Partnership in Patriotism, Tee-Off Against Breast Cancer, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Birthday Cards for Seniors,

Relay for Life and the restoration of the Rose Garden are also a part of the group's community outreach. Members of BCOC strive to maintain an upbeat attitude and help empower young people to be the best they can be.

Women interested in learning more about the Barge Canal Optimist Club are invited to contact President Anita Tice at 433-0162, Membership Chair Pauline Leacock at 438-0890 or visit the Barge Canal Optimist Facebook page.

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