Bridge City resident Angie Jones and her family got a little unexpected Christmas assistance from area Lions Clubs. Jones and her three daughters will have a few more things under their tree thanks to clubs from Bridge City and Silsbee.

 Jones, a single mother and her daughters Jackie, Lorena (Cat), and Angel were displaced by Hurricane Ike and lost everything in their apartment. Since that time they have been living away from Bridge City and starting their day at 4:30 a.m. to drive back to work for Jones, an eight-year employee at the Middle School cafeteria, and for the girls to get to their schools.

 Charles Tarver, vice district governor for the Lions Club, and a member of the Silsbee Lions Club, contacted Travis Nation, president of the Bridge City Lions and told Nation the Lions wanted to help a needy family in Bridge City. Nation was aware of Jones and her situation and got things moving.

 Tarver conducted fundraising in Silsbee and Nation and the Bridge City club worked on their end. Along with the added assistance of district governor Harold Yost, who recently attended a meeting with the Bridge City Lions, there was enough money raised to help Jones provide a nicer Christmas for her family.

 In addition to the money, there were also some small kitchen appliances, dishes and a bicycle provided.

 Jones and her daughters, like a lot of Bridge City families are doing the best they can under difficult circumstances and keeping a good attitude.

 “I really want to thank the Lions for all they have done for us. This is more than I ever expected would happen. It is really great,” she said. “The school district has been a help with the bus service they have provided to bring the girls home after school. It is a long distance for them to run the busses and we want to thank them also.”

 Jackie, 18, will graduate this school year and plans to attend Lamar University to major in criminal justice. She hopes to go on to law school. “Jackie has managed to stay an A / B student in spite of what has happened and I am proud of her for that,” said Jones.

 “Cat,” age 14, is an eighth-grader at Bridge City Middle School; and Angel, 8, attends Bridge City Intermediate School.