A series of holiday activities hosted by the Lions Club of Tortola will kick off at 6 p.m. on Sunday with the annual Christmas tree lighting and concert at the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park, the club announced.

The Sunday ceremony — which was moved from the Sir Olva Georges Plaza due to Covid-19 crowd restrictions — will include bands, choirs, singers, storytellers and dancers.

The club is also partnering with community group Tree of Hands to organise a toy drive through Dec. 15, and contributions can be dropped off at Island Services, CTL Home Centre, Bolo’s Department Store and Rite Way Cash and Carry. The toys will be delivered in the week leading up to Christmas.

The club will also deliver food baskets to the elderly and other vulnerable community members.

Last year members delivered 72 baskets, and this year they expect to deliver more than 100 on Dec. 19.

In preparation, the club started food drives last weekend at One Mart and will conduct two others: on Dec. 5-6 at Bobby’s Marketplace and on Dec. 12-13 at Rite Way Food Market in Pasea.

The food items collected will be shared between the food baskets and the Family Support Network, according to the club.

“This holiday will be difficult for many in the community given the pandemic conditions that have affected the territory over the past eight months,” said club President Kedrick Malone. “Lions would like to help lift the spirit of the community for this festive season, particularly the children.”

For more information email tortolalions@gmail.com or visit the Lions Club of Tortola Facebook page.