Emmette Thompson, Executive Director of the Mission of Hope, and Bill Williams, Mission of Hope Volunteer, show their appreciation for the bicycles given by the Fountain City Lions Club.

It was right before Christmas when Fountain City Lions put out the news-
Their goal was to purchase bicycles for students in the Appalachia area schools.
Shiny new bicycles for 104 deserving boys and girls were needed,
The Lions Club request for donations was quickly heeded.
The gift of a Christmas bicycle is the Club’s way to share,
With those less fortunate and let them know we care.

Can you remember the excitement and happiness you felt upon receiving your first, brand new shiny bicycle? This feeling of joy and excitement is what the Fountain City Lions Club brought to 104 needy and deserving students by giving bicycles to Mission of Hope.

The Fountain City Lions Club raised $5,200 to purchase these bicycles, which were given in memory of Michael Williams, the son of Knoxville’s well-known WBIR-TV personality Bill Williams.

Mission of Hope volunteers then make their annual Christmas visits to 26 schools in the Appalachia area of Tennessee and Kentucky, delivering new toys, Bibles, hygiene items, clothing and food boxes to over 16,000 students and their families during Christmas.

The staff at each of the schools selects two boys and two girls who have shown the most improvement in the classroom or who are especially needy children to be the recipients of a bicycle. The Lions Club is most thankful to the many individuals, churches and businesses in the community whose donations made for a brighter and happier Christmas for 104 boys and girls in 2010. Lion Gib Galyon is Chairman of this annual project.

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