Christmas came early for many local families thanks to the N. Dundas Christmas Fund

Above, local Lions Club members helping out during the North Dundas Christmas Fund distribution day. Pictured (left to right) Carl Robinson, Anne McLean, Natasha Hodge, Tim Billings, and Scott McLean. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Thanks to the efforts of the Chesterville Lions Club, countless schools, community groups, churches, and individuals, 57 Chesterville-area families picked out their Christmas presents yesterday, Dec., 20.

The North Dundas Christmas Fund Chesterville received an all-time high of donations this year.

Lions club member Anne Maclean was blown away by the community’s generosity.

“This is by far the most amount of donations we have ever received,” she boasted.

Above, A view of only one of the many tables of gifts on display at the Chesterville Legion, Dec 20. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

This year the club changed up there format. In past years they pre-wrapped the gifts and decided themselves who would receive what.

With the huge popularity of Mountain and Winchester Lions format, the Chesterville Club made the decision to change things up.

Now families have the chance to ‘shop’ for their own children and family members. This allows them to not only choose for their family member’s preferences but makes them feel more in control and pride.

Not only did each family bring home gifts for each other but they also left with fresh food like milk, ham, potatoes, ice cream, carrots, onions and apples. Canned goods were available as well.

Families with young children were given snowsuits and pyjamas.

55 families are so much happier this holiday season thanks to so many amazing people and organizations in this community. Now everyone can have a very Merry Christmas!

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