Hurray for good doers in our community! We wanted to share a good deed done by the Visalia Breakfast Lions Club (VBL). On Monday November 23rd, the 26th year of turkey donations,  19+ members of the club gathered at Neighborhood Walmart on Demaree to load 800 of the 1060 turkeys purchased to give away onto trucks, flatbeds and the back of cars.  By 8:30am we were off to make deliveries to 16 different agencies in Visalia, Tulare and Goshen. The desire to help those who are in need is a strong part of the VBL club. The $16,000 that was needed to purchase the turkeys were donated by VBL members, also through a member raffle and by corporate donations We also appreciate those companies who filled our turkey orders and were helpful in making this Thanksgiving turkey drive a success!

The Lions motto is “We Serve” and this is the Breakfast Lions effort to help the under-served and needy families that otherwise may not enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The Club delivers the turkeys to the agencies that best meets the needs of the less fortunate. The Breakfast Lions are dedicated to this event and are deeply moved when delivering the turkeys that help so many families.

Three cheers to the Visalia Breakfast Lions club and team leader Kelly Robinson and Ed Wristen and also the commitment from our President Ray Lewis for seeing that the funds were there to make this event happen.

If an organization has a need the Club is looking forward to next year, our 27th year of giving, and will consider new requests.  Event coordinator Kelly Robinson  can be reached at 559-303-1110 or by email at

PS Watch for us ringing the bell for the Red Kettle campaign on Saturday December 19th from 8am to 6pm at both doors of JC Penny.