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Laidlaw: Carrying gifts for Children

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Pictured Above: Sandra Garmon, Laidlaw Carriers

 

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk want to thank the staff at Laidlaw Carriers for supporting children in care of the Society at Christmas. Laidlaw has been an important partner by helping the Society purchase gifts for children and youth at Christmas.

Sandra Garmon from Laidlaw stated, “We began assisting 4 years ago. The money for the gifts is paid by the employees.” Ms. Garmon further reported that the organization has a history of helping others in the community having supported the Caledonia Food Bank in the past.

The toys and gift cards donated by the staff at Laidlaw will help many children and youth from Haldimand and Norfolk have a memorable Christmas.

The Society extends its gratitude and sincere Christmas wishes to Laidlaw Carriers and all our other community partners.


Thank you St. Peter’s Lutheran for 9 years of support

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Pictured above from left to right: Betty Brady and Karen Campbell

 

The Children’s Aid Society is very thankful for the support of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Simcoe who purchased 50 gifts for our Child and Youth Christmas party. The event was held on November 29th at the Cayuga Kinsmen Hall.

“This year was our 9th year,” reported Betty Brady of St. Peter’s Lutheran. The Church is among several organizations who have supported the Child and Youth Christmas Party for several years.  Other important partners who have provided ongoing support include, the Lynn Valley Lions and Laidlaw Carriers.

Thanks to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for the ongoing support as a partner in the community who nurtures the lives and dreams of children.


Santa delivers some magic for children in care

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Pictured above: Magician Owen Anderson pleases the crowd with audience paticipation 

 

Last Sunday, November 29th, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk held its Annual Child and Youth Christmas Party in Cayuga.

In recent years, the party has been hosted by the Cayuga Kinsmen who provide the hall, drinks and food at no cost. Kinsmen, Marc Smith stated, “This is an important event for us because Christmas is really about kids, especially for those that don’t have families.”

The Child and Youth Christmas Party has developed into a community event that has been supported for the past several years by various organizations and individuals stretching across both Haldimand and Norfolk Counties.

Highlights from this year’s party included a special appearance by Santa, magic show by Owen Anderson, cookie making activities, arts and crafts tables, pizza and pop. 304 children, youth and foster parents were in attendance.

Thanks to the following groups and individuals that helped make this year’s event so special: the Lynn Valley Lions Club in Simcoe, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Simcoe, Zellers, Walmart, the Poirier Family from Caledonia, The Cayuga Kinsmen and Laidlaw Carriers.

If you are interested in supporting or contributing to this event or others please contact the Society at 519-587-5437 or 1-888-227-5437.


Many thanks to Lynn Valley Lions

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Pictured above: Brenda Hunt, Volunteer Coordinator (The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk) and Steve Sterczer (Lynn Valley Lions)

The Society extends its appreciation and thanks to the Lynn Valley Lions Club who have been supporting the Annual Child and Youth Christmas party by purchasing toys for children and youth in care.

Lynn Valley is part of a small group of organizations that have been assisting the Society with the Child and Youth Christmas party for several years. Other regular contributors include Laidlaw Carriers and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Simcoe.

Pat Jarrett from the Lions Club stated, “We have been supplying toys (for the party) for at least 8 years. We know that there is a need in our community and we like to focus on children and youth. We set aside funds from our budget that is assisted by events such as our Ice Cream Fest on the second weekend of July.”

The Society is honoured to work with such caring community partners who strive to make a difference in the lives of children and youth.


Caledonia Brothers Demonstrate the Gift of Giving

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“We felt that older teens were often neglected at Christmas”

With the help of their parents, Jake (11) and Andrew (5) Poirier wanted to make a difference in their community. The two brothers presented The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk with a package of gift cards to be given to teens in care of the Society during the Child and Youth Christmas Party on November 29, 2009.

The brothers were able to purchase gift cards with savings from their allowances and support from their parents.

“We felt that older teens were often neglected at Christmas but are the ones that need the most help. It was a decision made by the entire family,” the children’s mother reported.

The Poirier family, who reside in Caledonia, have a history of helping others in the community through their support of local food drives and the Living Rock outreach programs.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wish to extend our gratitude and thanks to the Poirier family for helping children and youth at Christmas. If you wish to help children and youth in care of the Society, please call 1-888-227-5437 or (519) 587-5437, locally.


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