Fill-a-Bag Campaign thanks you

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The North Grenville Community Church thanks the community of North Grenville for an extremely successful Fill-a-Bag campaign. The residents of the community wonderfully demonstrated their sincere compassion and generosity in their giving of time and precious resources. Their sacrifice will enable neighbours experiencing difficult times to enjoy a Christmas feast, and to fill the Salvation Army’s food bank for another year.

There are 14 community sponsors of the Fill-a-Bag campaign. Many of the businesses have been supporters for a very long time and, this year, we have welcomed a few new ones. Listed they are: DSI Williams Excavating, J.M. Automotive, Westerra Homes, Geronimo Coffee Shop, Array Hair Studio, Sheppard and Associates, B&H Your Community Grocer, Sauvé Heating Ltd., Kemptville Building Centre – RONA, CoBa Studio & Print Shop, G&S Automotive, Gerry Seguin ReMax, Samantha Rivet-Stevenson – RBC Kemptville, and McKee & McKee Royal LePage Team Realty. Please remember them.

We would be remiss if we did not thank the North Grenville High School and Mr. Bill Bishop for taking on the arduous task of stapling the “Letter to the Resident” to each and every one of the 5,600 bags. Their effort is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Fifty one different teams delivered over 5,600 bags to as many routes throughout the municipality. Their sacrifice of two consecutive Sunday afternoons – the November 26 for bag delivery and December 3 to collect the bags – resulted in an unprecedented harvest. Normally, a 30% return is expected, which would be in the 1,600 bag range. It appears that, this year, the count will be closer to 1,900 bags, with the caveat that the final count has not been made. What a generous community in which we live.

The folks who make the teams are special people and deserve a thank-you. There are the organized groups whose goal is to help our youth grow into citizens of the community. Those groups include the Girl Guides, Scouts, Cubs, Venturers, Church Youth Groups, and Sea Cadets. The leaders deserve a special recognition, but the exuberance of the youth as they carried out the tasks associated with the Fill-a-Bag is priceless…. and memorable.

The various denominations of the Christian church have also been long-time partners and, again, they worked in unity to reach a hand out to folks in need, while giving heart to God.

Many of our sponsors also registered a team or two. Small businesses are essential community citizens, and each Fill-a-Bag season that fact is driven home through their active participation in providing for those who are hurting.

This year, Community Living North Grenville participated in the door-to-door delivery and collection of the bags. The team registered Sunday morning, a late registration, but it was right after another team had to withdraw from the campaign. What a blessing.

There are many families, couples, and best friends who have been dependable participants and who have become like a family member you are happy to see when they arrive. To all of you thank-you.

Special thanks go to the Kemptville Mall and Strathallen for the generous agreement in the use of their storefront called 22. The space enables the collection and sorting of the food, and the Salvation Army uses it to prepare and distribute the Christmas hampers and angel tree gifts.

But, to reiterate the first thought. North Grenville is a compassionate and generous community, concerned with the welfare of all its citizens. It was you who reached out and filled a bag with food so others might enjoy a Christmas feast, and so they will not go hungry this coming year. The North Grenville Community Church thanks you for your selfless participation in Fill-a-Bag 2017.

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