The count-down to Christmas has already begun! Chilly temperatures, stores displaying Christmas decorations, and some people even boasting that they have finished their Christmas Shopping!
Sadly, some members of our community aren’t quite so fortunate.
Time and time again, we in South Dundas have shown that we are a caring community.
Through the combined efforts of local churches, church groups, community organizations, service clubs, businesses, schools and countless caring individuals, we have been able to help those in need, particularly during the Christmas Season.
For the 23rd consecutive year, the South Dundas Christmas Exchange is busy making plans to hopefully bring a bit of joy to those in need, and to make their Christmas a happier one.
The mandate of the Christmas Exchange is, “to ensure that families in need are provided with the makings of a nice Christmas Dinner with some of the traditional trimmings”.
Again this year the Exchange will work closely with the South Dundas Food Bank to more efficiently get Christmas Baskets to all those in need.
All of the Christmas Baskets will be supplied by the Christmas Exchange. But because of the large number, it is impossible to do all of them at the Legion Hall.
The co-operation of the local Food Bank in distributing those for singles has made this a more manageable task. Singles are reminded that they must register through the Food Bank. Only family registrations will be accepted through the Hot Line
The Hot Line will be in operation from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, from November 14th to 25th. As this is a private line, donated by one of our local Churches, those registering are asked to please not call this number other than the times and days specified. The Hot Line number is 613-543-2005.
For singles wishing to register with the Food Bank, the number there is 613-543-0065.
Although the Christmas Exchange will be providing a well stocked Christmas Dinner Basket, some families will require additional assistance. These families can contact the Food Bank to discuss their special needs with the co-ordinator.
Receiving a Christmas Basket will not disqualify any Food Bank client from receiving their regular assistance, but will simply try to make Christmas a bit special for them and their family.
The Morrisburg Lions Club is again sponsoring Angel Trees, which will be located at the Bank of Nova Scotia and the Bank of Montreal in Morrisburg, and at SDS Kerr/Beaver Dental.
In Iroquois, Sandra Johnston will co-ordinate the Angel Tree at the Bank of Montreal. Watch for the Angel Trees later in November. Remember to return all gifts by the date specified.
The gifts and toys collected will be distributed through the Christmas Exchange, along with the Christmas Dinner Baskets, at the Morrisburg Legion on December 22nd, 2012, between 10 a.m. and noon.
Those who wish to make financial donations, for which Tax Receipts will be issued, may send cheques to: The South Dundas Christmas Exchange, P.O. Box 450, Morrisburg, ON. K0C 1X0