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Notes: Lions spreading holiday cheer with Season of Sharing events

A bit of fun with kids from Detroit Lions Academy, F.A.R.M., and the Cub Club.

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On Friday, the team’s official Twitter account posted a short video recap of two community events the team participated in earlier in December. Just like last year, the Lions partnered with Meijer for the “Presents from the Pride” and “Shop with a Lion” Season of Sharing events. Featured in the video were Melissa Conway (Meijer’s Director of Community Partnerships and Giving at Meijer), former 1980s Lions quarterback Eric Hipple, and current Lions linebacker and Detroit native Anthony Pittman.

This year’s Presents from the Pride event was on December 12 at Ford Field, and was similar in form to what was described by Meijer about last year’s event:

“Students from the Detroit Lions Academy enjoyed a holiday party at Ford Field that included lunch, a book fair, and a visit from Santa. Every student received presents from their wish list and Lions winter gear.“

A photo gallery for the event posted by the team on their official site showed and many former Lions like Scott Conover, Tony Semple, Luther Bradley, Jeff Chadwick, George Jamison, Jimmy Williams, Eddie Murray, and Tim Walton on hand to assist Roary and Santa in the festivities.

On the “Shop with a Lion” part of the video, we can see the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders plus Khalil Dorsey, Anthony Pittman, Scott Daly, and Charles Harris going through toy aisles at Meijer with kids from F.A.R.M. The team had posted a photo gallery for that event as well, which took place on December 5.

Adding to the holiday season cheer, the team also hosted a Cub Club family movie night at Ford Field on December 4th, where Roary’s Cub Club members could go down onto the field for activities and the indoor equivalent of a movie at the park. A photo gallery for this event is also up on the team’s official website.

Great to see everyone enjoying themselves at these events and thanks to the Lions and their staff for all the work that goes into it. Now, on to the rest of your weekend Notes:

Also earlier in the week, the pair put up analysis of what went wrong on offense against the Bears in Week 14:

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