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Santa Parade, Lions Club Christmas Cheer Central to take place Saturday

COVID 19 can’t stop Christmas festivities in Richmond.

This weekend, the Richmond Lions Club will be holding their annual “Christmas Cheer” fundraising drive to support local foodbanks, and the Richmond Village Association’s annual Richmond Santa Claus Parade will take place in a drive thru format at the Richmond Fairgrounds.

The Richmond Lions Club held a bottle drive in front of King’s Your Independent Grocer last Saturday. Jeff Morris photo – Manotick Messenger/

“The support from the community has been positive and we have been receiving donations,” said Richmond Lions Club President Dale Green at the Lions Club’s bottle drive in front of King’s Your Independent Grocer last week.

The Richmond Lions Club “Christmas Cheer Central” will once again be set up at the J&M Harvey location at the Richmond Shopping Centre, 6179 Perth Street, Richmond, across the parking lot from Milano’s Pizza, Sat., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We have had to change things up this year because of COVID 19, but we will be in our usual spot with tables set up outside, and our volunteers will be wearing masks,” said Green. Usually, Christmas Cheer Central is set up inside.

The generous donations from the community enable the Richmond Lions Club to make donations to the Richmond and Munster Foodbanks, and the North Gower Area Outreach Program. People wishing to make a donation can drop their gift off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Richmond Santa Claus Parade will take place at 5 p.m. at the Richmond Fairgrounds. This year, the Richmond Village Association has worked with the Richmond Agricultural Association to make this year’s parade possible. The parade will take place in a drive thru format, with the floats stationery. There will be no candy or gifts handed out from the floats.

Each float will have a designated spot and vehicles of spectators will drive by.