TROY - The social hall of the Troy Volunteer Fire Department looked a little like a supermarket Wednesday.

Tables were piled with canned goods and boxes were stacked along the edges of the room. People walked by with grocery carts.

There were even some toys piled up.

It was all part of the ongoing effort by the Troy Lions Club and other volunteers from the community - lots of volunteers - to pack donated items for the Lions' annual Christmas Basket Project. It helps the needy in the Troy Area School District.

Many donations were received this year.

W.R. Croman Primary School did its part to help out.

"Each year Mr. (Jerry) Ross asks the students and staff of the W.R. Croman Primary School to collect canned items for the Troy Lions Club to help with the making of Christmas Baskets for the community," said Gyla Hoose, who works at the school.

"These Christmas Baskets are then supplied to families in need throughout the community. This year the students collected 2,588 cans along with other non-perishable items. Mr. Ross was both surprised and happy over the amount the school collected as it took three truck loads to remove all that was collected."

She said that everyone had fun collecting for the Lions Club and they look forward to helping each year.

This year, Jerilyn Ross, Jerry Ross, Cooper Hoose, and Clara Hoose loaded trucks of canned food and non-perishable items for the Troy Lions Club.

The co-chairs for the Lions for the project are Lloyd Bailey and Jerry Ross.

Lloyd said that the response from the community was "unbelievable" this year.

"The donations have been really great this year," he said.

He said there were five pick-up loads from all the schools in Troy.

He was grateful to the different organizations that helped out, such as the Troy football players, the National Honor Society in Troy, the cheerleaders in Troy, and the FBLA in Troy. He noted that there were donations from all around the local area in Troy.

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