The North Grenville Community Church would like to thank the people of North Grenville for making this year’s Fill-a-Bag program a wonderful success. The Fill-a-Bag campaign is conducted to help fill the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hampers and to stock the shelves of its food bank located on the corner of Rideau and Oxford Streets in Kemptville. This year 110 Hampers were filled and by historical accounts, the quantity of food collected should stock the shelves for the next 9 – 10 months. A wonderful testimony to the compassion the community has to its neighbours who fall on difficult times.
The program is a community event, the church coordinates and facilitates its execution, but the real work is done by the caring and compassionate citizens of the community. This year was special because it was a few of the door to door teams from previous year’s campaigns who promoted this year’s planning. Charly Stewart, this year’s coordinator, agreed he was a bit tardy and knew he had to get busy after teams and sponsors started asking how to register and the dates of the Fill-a-Bag.
There are recognitions the church would like to make; the first is to Mr. Leo Doucette, Senior Property Manager with Strathallen Properties Management Ltd who manages the Kemptville Mall and who agreed to allow the Salvation Army to use the empty store between Woofs and Wagg’s and Love your Pet as Christmas Central. That was the hub of the Fill-a-Bag campaign.
Mr. Bill Bishop, a teacher at the North Grenville High School who organized students to staple the letters onto over 4800 empty paper bags deserves a special recognition. This is the fourth year the school has helped in this capacity and it is a very important part of the program. The intermediate high school students and teachers help with the sorting of food and the making of the hampers for which many hands made short the work of a very large chore.
The Church would like to thank each of the many door to door teams who give of their time. They are all special and a list would include those grandparents who worked hand in hand with their grandchildren in a real demonstration of selfless giving. A nod to the many couples who have made it an annual event to do what they can to help those in need. Then there is the young woman and her friend who volunteered for the first time this year and then remained after the collection to help sort the food. There are the parents who each year lead their families, and in a few cases the neighbourhood youth to take on the door to door routes.
The leaders of youth organizations who have included the Fill-a-Bag campaign in their yearly syllabus also deserve recognition. Those groups include the Oxford Mills and Kemptville Cubs, The Kemptville Scouts, and the Ventures. The RCSCC Defiant Sea Cadets participated for the second time this year and their presence was appreciated.
There were adult teams as well which came from the St James Anglican Church, The Kemptville Christian Reformed Church, The Kemptville Pentecostal Church and the Sequoia Church. There were other church teams who registered, but did not identify their church origin.
We would like to give thanks to the sponsors who also had door to door teams. Cathy Sheppard of Sheppard and Associates, Samantha Rivet-Stevenson, Financial Planner with the Royal Bank, Linda and Bruce McKee of Royal LePage Realty, and Gerry Seguin of Remax Realty.
A note of thanks goes to Mr. Jim Beveridge of B&H for the loan of the food handling equipment and the much needed advice.
The North Grenville Community thanks and blesses all of you who took the time to participate in the campaign whether you stapled a letter, went door to door, or gave of your resources to Fill-a-Bag. All of you helped to give someone a little brighter Christmas and food on their plate this coming year.
Wishing each and every one of you a Very Merry Christmas and a most prosperous 2017.