Sixty-five Christmas baskets distributed in Chesterville

Ina Graafland (left) picks up a $1,620 cheque last month from Gordon Dean and his sister, Julie — proceeds of the store's annual calendar sales campaign to raise money for Christmas baskets in Chesterville. The Mike Dean's 2018 calendars are now being enjoyed at multiple locations throughout the area. Courtesy photo

CHESTERVILLE — The annual Christmas basket campaign in Chesterville saw 65 Christmas baskets distributed to families in need last month.

The program was officially taken over by the Chesterville Lions Club in 2017 after many years of oversight by village resident Ina Graafland, who continues to be involved.

Graafland reported that 94 children and 33 children enjoyed Christmas-dinner and small gifts through the contents of those 65 baskets. The campaign also gave out 24 children’s snowsuits and 30 sets of pajamas in Chesterville through the North Dundas snowsuit campaign, which again experienced a strong demand for winter clothing. The suits were warehoused through Winchester BMR.

Donations received in Chesterville for the annual Christmas basket campaign were “very encouraging,” observed Graafland. The number of baskets handed out this year was “down a little but not much” from 2016, she said.

Separately organized Christmas basket campaigns also took place in South Mountain and Winchester.



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