Christmas Fund struggled but met the demand

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The North Dundas Christmas Fund met the needs as requested throughout the Township. From committee reports, that demand was up from previous years but the monies collected were down and the cost of food purchased was up.

The Christmas fund volunteers represent the Winchester Chesterville and Mountain Lions clubs, as well as Winchester Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108, Community Food Share, House of Lazarus and members at large.

Money is generated from the public collection at the Santa Claus Parade, food drives and angel trees all of which bolster the stock available.

This year, 183 food hampers were given out serving 348 adults and 155 children, an increase of 15%; as well, 189 snow suits were distributed, again an increase from previous years.

The needs for 2024 will undoubtedly be similar. The strain on our finances this year meant that we used up most of our financial reserves to pay the food bills. We know that our caring community will fill the needs when the time comes. 

We thank all those who helped make it possible last year and anyone who wishes to make a donation now can send a cheque payable to the North Dundas Christmas Fund to: Box 134 South Mountain, Ontario, K0E 1W0.

Bob Weagant, chair North Dundas Christmas Fund

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