Messy Day on July 19 is one of the special beach days sponsored by South Dundas Recreation and the Ontario Early Years Centre. The beaches project is now in its third season with events also taking place in Iroquois. Dozens of children gathered in Morrisburg to enjoy exciting and delightfully messy activities under the supervision of Ben Macpherson, recreation program co-ordinator and Fiona Carr of the Early Years, and the Morrisburg life guards. With magic mud, gooey slime, volcanoes in the sand, face painting, the Duckie wading pool, a slip and slide, Pie in the Eye, and of course, Shaving Cream Musical Chairs, there was little doubt that everyone could be just as messy as they wanted.
“I have never seen the shelves this low in 10 years,” said Kim Merkley, Food Bank Coordinator at the House of Lazarus, “this is the first time I have had to buy food in May. Usually I have enough to carry us through until August.”
The House of Lazarus Community Outreach Mission and Resource Centre is experiencing higher food bank usage, which has become the norm for food banks in general across the province.
The lack of employment for permanent, living wage jobs, a shortage of affordable housing, along with increasing prices on just about everything is driving many to turn to food banks.
So far this year, the House of Lazarus Food Bank has seen 28 families who have never had to use a food bank turning to them for support to get through the month.
Fortunately, it is very clear that supporters are recognizing the need in these economic times as donations of food have increased over the last year, however the need has surpassed even that.
In response to hearing about the need from food bank staff, one donor has generously donated a Zero Gravity Lawn Chair as a perk to one lucky person who brings in five food items or donates $5 between July 23rd and August 3rd.
The current campaign is aptly called “Relaxing in the sun knowing you’ve helped someone!” For each five items donated, the donor will receive a coupon to place in the draw box with the winner drawn on August 3rd at 2 p.m.
The statistics say it all: From January to June 2012, the food bank had 614 visits versus 549 last year, which breaks down to 1,010 adults and 596 children. Sixty percent of those who were served by the House of Lazarus Food Bank are children, which is a dramatic increase and above the Ontario Hunger Count figure of 37.5 percent.
The Hunger Count Report is an annual survey by Food Banks Canada and gives a comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in Canada along with recommendations for change.
Food donations show that the House of Lazarus received 9,918.8 kilograms and purchased 431.1 kilograms, while 14,682.8 kilograms was distributed.
Current needs include: canned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish; peanut butter; macaroni and cheese; meal extenders (Side Kicks, Hamburger Helper, for example); soups: sugar; skim milk powder; and, instant coffee.
Shopping in the House of Lazarus Thrift and Household Goods Shops is another way to support the food bank. The dollars spent at the shop go to support food bank operations.
For more information on activities in the shops and the community or to donate funds on line check out the web site at www.houseoflazarus.org or Like Us on Facebook.
To contact the House of Lazarus, call 613-989-3830 or email email@example.com for information on this or other areas of concern.
Donations can be dropped off at the House of Lazarus, located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain. Items can also be dropped off at the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg.
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The student body at Iroquois Public School reaped the rewards of Mary Wilson’s grade 3-4 class reading skills last Wednesday, when, the Ottawa Senators Spartacat stopped in at the school for a visit.
Registered by their teacher in the Sens at School Program, the students read 10 minutes per night, and when they were done they had amassed 5,100 minutes of reading.
Their effort was rewarded when they were notified that they had won a school visit from Spartacat.
It was a big day at the school, with excitement running at fever pitch in anticipation of the special visitor who would first participate in a school assembly and then visit the grade 3-4s in their classroom.
In the gym, Sparty and Emily Knight who is the coordinator, Fan & Community Development for the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place, led the students in a number of activities and games all geared towards reading, with a little hockey trivia thrown in.
“It was really fun,” said Wilson following the assembly “This has been a huge boost for these kids. Today they were really wired. They must have asked me 1,500 times ‘when is he coming’.”
It was an extra big day for the grade 3-4s when they were presented two tickets per student to the Sens’ Sunday night game against the Carolina Hurricanes, a reward given to only one (lucky) winning class per month.