The Cayuga Kinsmen have a long history of helping others and contributing to the development and well-being of their local community. This service organization has donated their Kinsmen Hall to The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk for the Annual Child and Youth Christmas Party at no cost for the past 11 years.
Cayuga Kinsmen, Marc Smith stated the relationship began when, “It was brought to our attention that a girl in the community needed winter clothing. Through use of the Kinsmen name, Nike Canada provided a coat and boots. We felt good about helping (a child) which is who you are supposed to help at Christmas.”
Three hundred and four children, youth and foster parents attended the Child and Youth Christmas Party on November 29th, where event highlights included a magic show by Owen Anderson, arts and crafts activities and the delivery of toys by Santa and his helpers.
Mr. Smith reported that the Kinsmen and the Society have a deep-rooted connection. “In the past, Kinsmen, Brian Nyberg and Bruce Hunter have served on the Society’s Board of Directors. New member, Rob Oelkuch is a foster parent who filled in for Santa this year.”
The Kin Association in Canada have a proud 89 year history dedicated to making lifelong friendships and serving the greatest needs of their communities. Locally, the Cayuga Kinsmen were established in 1951 and is financed through its membership.
Their fundraising efforts have helped the West Haldimand General Hospital purchase equipment, constructed ball diamonds and built walkways in Cayuga. Last year, Cayuga Kinsmen raised $25,000.00 for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk thanks the Cayuga Kinsmen for nurturing the lives and dreams of children in the community.