After a year’s absence because of the COVID virus, the thirtieth annual Christiansburg Lions Club’s holiday craft show in December made a successful return as between 3500 and 4000 shoppers came out to do some early Christmas shopping from the approximately 140 vendors on hand and to raise money for the many charities and community programs the club supports.
The craft show is the club’s major fundraising event of the year. The money raised supports the club’s efforts toward vision conservation, eye-glass screening, and eye-leader dogs for those with vision and sight issues. Through our efforts on this particular Saturday in December we find ways to support our primary goal of Vision Conservation, Eye Glass Screening, Eye-leader Dog for those with vision and sight issues.
The club also supports early childhood diabetes research, environmental concerns, various prosthesis programs, and local charities and programs such as Fire and Rescue, scouts, boys and girls state, and scholarships for county high-school graduates.
Key to the success of the craft show was the show’s sponsors, especially the location sponsor, the Christiansburg Recreation Center. Local businessman Joe Simmons helped by opening up the parking area behind the recreation center for the shoppers.
The show’s platinum sponsors were Horne Funeral Home, New River Recycling, McCoy Funeral Home, Thomas and Wall Realtors, and Town and Country Veterinary Clinic.
The show’s gold sponsors were Dehart Tile Co., Inc., G&H Appliance, and Rice Realty and Land Sales.
Twenty-two silver sponsors also contributed to help the show reach its financial goal. Several sponsors also helped support the show’s snack bar: Kroger, Food Lion, Hardee’s Walmart, Pizza Inn, Papa John’s Pizza, and Little Caesar Pizza.