A new year is here again. There always seems to be the spring of hope as we put up new calendars and make ‘new year’s resolutions’.
I have recently heard several talks on the radio of the life of Viktor E. Frankl and his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. As a holocaust survivor, Dr. Frankl wrote and lectured about finding the meaning in our lives, and understanding that it is up to each of us to change our responses to a situation, even if we cannot change what is going on around us. Turning toward love and goodness allows the same to come into our own lives.
The need for this is echoed in the words of the 2018 Kenny Chesney song, “Get along while we can/Always give love the upper hand… Make a friend, can’t we all get along”. Many of the year-end reviews talked about political upheaval, climate change and tragedies; however, there have also been so many positives stories of hope and people getting along, both globally and locally in our communities.
Getting along is definitely prevalent here at Kemptville & District Home Support! Throughout all of the activity over the past few weeks, the constant has been the amazing people I continually come across. If you have free time on your hands and are wondering what to do, look no further, Kemptville & District Home Support has options for you.
There are lots of activities here at the Centre, and we are always open to new ideas. If you are interested in volunteering, we have many different options; helping out at reception, computer work, driving people to appointments. The monthly calendar of activities is available on our website, www.kdhsi.com, and there are also copies to pick up at the Centre.
Paint & T’ookies time is almost here again. This is a monthly art afternoon with KDHSI Volunteer Gayle Holmes, with tea (or coffee) and cookies. The January painting will be of a ‘Cabin in the Woods’ winter scene. Gayle will lead the group though the painting process and, everyone will go home with a painting at the end of the day. The cost of each session is only $20 including supplies and T’ookies, and will be held on the January 22 (typically it is held the 3rd Tuesday). There is limited space, if you are interested please call to get your name on the list.
Save the date for our 2019 Big Band Dance fundraising event taking place on Saturday, April 27 featuring the 7-piece band ‘The Jivewires’ with a cold buffet by ‘Dial A Chef’ Erick LePors. This is a wonderful evening with great music, whether on the dance floor or relaxing and enjoying at your table. There will also be a silent auction with great items.
Our yearly newsletter has been mailed out. If you didn’t receive your copy. please give us a call and we will mail you one; or, you can check our website at www.kdhsi.com for an on-line version. Once again a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who continue to help out in so many facets, and make a difference in the lives of others.
Remember, we are able to choose our thoughts – let’s make them joyful!
Happy New Year!
Susan Smith, Executive Director; Kemptville & District Home Support; www.kdhsi.com