Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers had its 50/50 winning ticket picked on October 15th at Jim Mustard’s Variety store in Iroquois. Jim Mustard has been a supporter of the program since its inception in 1992. The winning ticket for the 50/50 was sold at the Williamstown fair this past August; the winner was Denis Tousignant of Greenfield, North Glengarry Township ($1550.00). The winning ticket was pulled by Nelson Zandbergen in front of Mustard’s Variety store.
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“The strain on food banks is always high at this time of year, but for the Dundas County Food Bank this is unprecedented,” said Ian McKelvie, DCFB administrator.
While the food bank has been fortunate to receive much community support over the holiday season, the generosity hasn’t been enough to keep the shelves stocked.
Over the last several weeks, food is going out the door as fast as it is coming in.
Food bank use has increased by about 15 percent across Dundas County, but McKelvie says that it has increased even more here at the South Dundas location in Morrisburg.
With food going out the doors so quickly, the food purchasing budget for 2014 has been completely depleted.
DCFB officials estimate that the food budget will be overspent by about $12,000 just to meet demand. “It’s possible that we could have our first deficit since the food bank was established in 1991.”
“We would like to appeal to the community to help us reduce this shortfall,” said McKelvie.
Right now they are asking that people focus on monetary donations, cash or cheques payable to the Dundas County Food Bank.
Monetary donations allow the food bank to focus on their most immediate food needs, and gives purchasers a little more buying power to buy in bulk to turn the dollars into more food.
The need is immediate.
Donations can be dropped off at the food bank. They are open next January 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For added convenience, the Municipality of South Dundas and Township of North Dundas have agreed to accept donations for the Dundas County Food Bank at the municipal offices in Morrisburg and Winchester during regular business hours from January 2 on.
Donations are also accepted online at canadahelps.org : search for Dundas County Food Bank.
One hundred and fifty seven women who care about South Dundas came together last Thursday night, May 7, at the Upper Canada Playhouse and together those women made a difference for hundreds of people, young and old, living here in South Dundas .
Together the 157 women voted to donate $20,000 to three organizations who work in South Dundas for youth, the terminally ill, and the elderly.
Receiving top vote in the 100 Women Who Care About South Dundas first-time initiative, and a $10,000 donation, was the Dundas County Hospice, headquartered in Williamsburg. The second place donation of $6,000 went to the J.W. McIntosh Senior Support Centre in Williamsburg and third place and $4,000 was donated to the South Dundas Splash Pad project at the Children’s Park in Morrisburg.
Organizers of 100 Women Who Care About South Dundas, Janeen Wagemans and Tracey and Christyn Veinotte were overwhelmed with the support from the women of South Dundas. When they launched 100 Women Who Care this past January, they were just hoping to get the needed 100.
Within one month they had their 100 women. “Today we hit 156, which is pretty amazing for such a small community” said Wagemans, Thursday night. “All of you, for goodness sakes, let’s give ourselves a round of applause. What a wonderful place to live. We are so fortunate.”
The 156 women brought the Women Who Care donation total to $15,700 with each woman donating $100.
That amount climbed to $20,000 with a matching donation of up to $5,000 from Scotiabank, Morrisburg’s Community Matching Fund Program and forced the organizers to rethink their money disbursement
In the end the three-donation decision was made and guidelines were established for the future. As a result, Hospice will not be eligible to win again for three years, the J.W. McIntosh can not be nominated for two years and the Children’s Playground will not be eligible next year.
From the women themselves, 10 organizations were nominated for consideration and all were in attendance to market their proposal before the voting.
They included St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage, South Dundas Youth Centre, The Dundas County Food Bank, MacIntosh Seniors Support Centre, WDMH Foundation, Optimists Club, Dundas County Community Living, Dundas County Hospice, The Carman House Museum and The Splash Pad.
Each of the women in attendance then voted, and the Scotiabank representatives went to work to tally the votes. Due to a tie, it ended up with four groups moving to the final vote including the three winners and the Dundas County Food Bank.
A second vote resulted in the winners being named.
In addition to the support of Scotiabank, 100 Women Who Care received the generous support of Donnie Bowes at Upper Canada Playhouse who provided the venue and Royal LePage Performance Realty who sponsored the reception.
Wagemans wrapped it up by announcing that 100 Women Who Care About South Dundas will return next year. Those wishing to be part of this wonderful initiative are asked to re-join on the website www.womenwhocaresouthdundas.com
Anyone who did not get in for this year’s 100 Women Who Care are encouraged to come aboard for next year…everyone is welcome and together the women of South Dundas can make a difference.