Although much has changed over the years since the South Dundas Christmas was first organized, the fact remains that there are still members of our community who, through no fault of their own, find this a stressful and unhappy time.
These are the families to whom the Christmas Exchange reaches out at this time of year, hoping to bring a ray of hope and a bit of joy into their lives.
Families needing a bit of a hand in making this a happier time are invited to register with the South Dundas Christmas Exchange Hot Line which will be in operation from 1 to 4 p.m. only, Monday to Friday, from November 10th to November 21st.
As this is a private line donated by one of our local Churches, those registering are asked not to call other than the days and times specified.
The Hot Line number is 543-2005.
The mandate of the Christmas Exchange is “to ensure that families in need are provided with the making of a nice Christmas Dinner with some of the traditional trimmings.”
As in the past, the Christmas Exchange will work closely with the South Dundas Food Bank.
Because of the large number of baskets to be prepared, it is impossible to do all of them at the Legion Hall.
The co-operation of the Food Bank in packing and distributing those for singles has made this a more manageable task for the past few years, and will continue this year.
Singles are reminded that they must register through the Food Bank, 543-0065.
Only family registrations will be accepted through the Hot Line.
Receiving a Christmas Basket does not disqualify any Food Bank client from receiving their regular assistance, but is simply meant to make Christmas a bit easier for them and their family.
Although the Christmas Exchange will be providing a well stocked Christmas Dinner Basket, we know that some families will require additional assistance.
They can contact the Food Bank to discuss their special needs with the co-ordinator.
The Morrisburg Lions Club sponsored Angel Trees, will again 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 be co-ordinating the Angel Tree at the Bank of Montreal.
Watch for the Angel Trees later in November, and remember to return all gifts by the dates specified.
The gifts and toys collected will be distributed through the Christmas Exchange, along with the Dinner Baskets.
Those wishing 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. Monetary donations may also be made at Valu-Mart in Morrisburg, through the “Top-up Program” which will get under way later in November.
Financial donations help organizers to purchase turkeys, hams and other perishable food items, and are critical to the success of this project.
Organizers are counting on the support and assistance of the generous people who make up the community of South Dundas, people who continue to demonstrate the caring and sharing spirit of the Christmas season.