December is here and Christmas is less than two weeks away. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” This is a wonderful time to think of others and all that we have to be grateful for.
Saturday was the second annual fundraising dance for United Way Leeds & Grenville, supporting Kemptville & District Home Support and NGAT (North Grenville Accessible Transportation). This event was put on entirely by volunteers and generous donations from the community. The lively band, ‘Muddy Boot Minstrels’, donated their time and entertained everyone with Christmas music, as well as popular dance tunes.

Thank you to Steve and Sylvia Jonsson, of Jonsson’s Your Independent Grocer, for generously supplying all the cheese, pickles and cracker trays. Your continued support of United Way and the local community is greatly appreciated. Thank you to Bulk Barn for the pretzels, and to Giant Tiger for the chips, helping to keep our energy up for the toe-tapping tunes. Over $800 was raised and will be used to support the services here in North Grenville.

Coming up on Thursday December 20, we will have a raffle draw for a beautiful “English Tea Gift Basket”, put together by KDHSI Diners’ Club volunteers. The second prize in the raffle is a table top art easel. There will also be a bake sale starting at 9 am and continuing throughout the day, leading up to the draw at 3:30 pm. We welcome contributions to the bake sale, and remind people that this is perfect timing to pick up some homemade goodies to have on hand for the holiday season, as well as items that are perfect for taking as a thank you when invited out. All of this will take place at KDHSI’s Cheryl J. Brown Centre at 215 Sanders St., Suite 101 in Kemptville.

Our yearly newsletter is finished and is ready for delivery. If you are not on our mailing list, we can mail you one, just give us a call; or you can check our website at www.kdhsi.com for an on-line version. Thank you to the volunteers who have helped us get ready for the various Christmas activities at Kemptville & District Home Support. It is certainly all of us working together that gets the job done!

The Big Band Dance committee has been busy planning for the event on April 27, 2019. If you are looking for a unique gift for someone on your list, tickets for the Big Band Dance, featuring the popular band ‘The Jivewires’, may be just what you are looking for. Gift certificates for many of our services are available. These include Meals on Wheels, Footcare, Diners’ Club and Transportation.

As the year comes to a close, we should all remember to pause and take time for reflection, remembrance, and thankfulness. Even with so much turmoil in the world, there is also such goodness and generosity. I truly believe that having a spirit of gratitude, and looking for the positives around us, makes for such wonderful moments, all of which are the strong links in the ‘chain’ of our lives.

Wishing everyone all of the best of the Christmas season,
Susan
www.kdhsi.com

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