"This is our main fundraiser for the year," Lion Kay Huggins said. "The money we raise through this will be used for projects throughout the year."
The Lions Club lends support to area residents and programs. During the holidays, the group provides funds to Head Start to assist in celebrating the season. The Rector Lions Club works year-round to support sight conservation. The group has programs in place to help purchase glasses and exams for those who may not be able to afford them otherwise. As part of the national organization, the Rector group helps fund programs such as Leader Dog for the Blind, which helps provide trained dogs to the sightless, and National Camps for Blind Children, which feature fun and educational programs for children of all ages.
"We are involved in some very good and worthwhile things," Huggins said. "This support is made possible by contributions from communities like Rector. Every little bit can make a difference in someone's life."
As the Rector organization's main fundraiser, the importance of the shotgun extends much farther than being a nice addition for a hunter or shooting enthusiast. By selling all 200 available tickets for the giveaway, the Rector Lions Club will raise $2,000 which will be crucial in its ability to help others during the next year.
"We appreciate all the support we've received through the years and hope it continues for years to come," Huggins said. "All the money we raise goes to help others."
The shotgun is currently on display at Wilson Outdoors in Rector. Persons may make donations at the store and get a good look at the high performance shotgun. Donations may also be made to any Rector Lions Club member. The shotgun will be given away at the Rector Community Center following the annual Community Christmas Parade Dec. 6. Though entrants are not required to be present in order to win, organizers invite everyone to attend the popular event.