NORTH DUNDAS — The committee members of the North Dundas Christmas fund held their year end meeting to review the success of the 2019 year end campaign.
The community came through and those in need were helped. The mission of the group is to provide snow suits to children under the age of 14 and give out food hampers to families at Christmas time in North Dundas and west Stormont.
178 snow suits were distributed.
195 food hampers were presented to families representing 507 persons.
150 pairs of pajamas were given out.
Many dozens of Gifts were made available to make Christmas special to so many.
The committee represents the Winchester, Chesterville and Mountain Lions clubs, Winchester and Chesterville Legion, House of Lazarus, the Community food Share and other great volunteers.
“We struggled this year” stated Bob Weagant, Chair of the group, “as monies donated were down from previous years. Christmas gifts were up but food drives did not generate the normal quantities needed”. This resulted in purchasing a lot of groceries to fill the demand. There will be more emphasis on donation requests and food drives a bit earlier in the fall to help overcome the problems.
The entire group thanks the community for their support and we look forward to continued help next winter as the need is always there.