North Dundas Christmas Fund receives annual snowsuit shipment; donations required

Ken Boje of Winchester BMR lifts off one of three incoming pallets of snowsuits to be distributed by the North Dundas Christmas Fund. Courtesy photo

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — In another sign that Christmas is just around the corner in North Dundas, the annual snowsuit campaign is again warming up to ensure local children are properly bundled up this winter.

The North Dundas Christmas Fund received its 2016 inventory of snowsuits Nov. 8. The substantial shipment of more than 100 suits arrived by truck at Winchester BMR, where co-owner Ken Boje — member of the Fund committee — annually procures them at wholesale price for the snowsuit portion of the community campaign.

Bob Weagant, longtime chair of the Fund committee, said the initiative typically dispenses about 140 new snowsuits. Used suits can still be donated to the House of Lazarus, he added.

Fund donations are being accepted now at the Winchester BMR counter to specifically cover the cost of the winter wear: $15 for a pair snow pants; $40 for a child’s winter jacket; $43 for a child or youth’s snowsuit; $50 for a young adult winter parka; and $55 for a young adult snowsuit.

Donors also have the option of contributing more generally to the Christmas Fund, to help pay for not only snowsuits but also items needed by the Fund’s other seasonal program — the local Christmas basket campaign that distributes about 200 food and gift hampers each December. Send those cheques to The North Dundas Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 27, South Mountain, Ontario, K0E 1W0.

The committee overseeing the North Dundas Christmas Fund includes representatives from the Chesterville and Winchester Legion branches, the Lions clubs in Chesterville, Winchester and Mountain, as well as Boje and Chesterville’s longtime Christmas basket organizer, Ina Graafland.

 

A rack of Snowsuit Fund coats at Winchester BMR, which is collecting donations to pay for the winter wear through the North Dundas Christmas Fund. Lascelle photo, Nation Valley News

A rack of Snowsuit Fund coats at Winchester BMR, which is collecting donations to pay for the winter wear through the North Dundas Christmas Fund. Lascelle photo, Nation Valley News

Still on the truck — the snowsuits upon arrival in Winchester. Courtesy photo

Still on the truck — the snowsuits arrive in Winchester. Courtesy photo

 


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