A hol­i­day mir­a­cle for the chil­dren

Kentville Kinettes hold Christ­mas Mir­a­cle ben­e­fit for chil­dren in need

Annapolis Valley Register - - COMMUNITY - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA KENTVILLE, N.S. [email protected]

They’re a group of vol­un­teers work­ing hard to en­sure hap­pier hol­i­days for Kings County fam­i­lies in need.

The his­toric Corn­wal­lis Inn ball­room in Kentville hosted the Kins­men and Kinette Christ­mas Mir­a­cle Ben­e­fit on Nov. 24. It’s all about rais­ing money to buy toys and other gifts for chil­dren from less for­tu­nate fam­i­lies in Kings County at Christ­mas time.

The Kentville and District Kinette Club, which cur­rently has seven mem­bers, or­ga­nizes the fundraiser each year in sup­port of the Kins­men and Kinette Christ­mas Mir­a­cle Ra­dio­thon. This year’s ra­dio­thon will be broad­cast on AVR 97.7 FM on Nov. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. The 2018 ef­fort is off to a great start, as the ben­e­fit event raised $2,772.55.

Em­i­lie Desveaux-Starratt, who serves as co-chair­woman of the ben­e­fit along with Su­san Graves, said the Christ­mas Mir­a­cle serves a very im­por­tant pur­pose: pro­vid­ing Christ­mas gifts to chil­dren in need in Kings County be­tween the ages of one and 13 years of age.

“We don’t look for fi­nan­cial records or any­thing,” Desveaux-Starratt said. “If they feel that there’s is a need and they have cus­tody of the chil­dren and bring in a health card, they can ap­ply.”

She said many peo­ple are just one pay cheque away from need­ing help and you never know when some­thing such as get­ting laid off or get­ting into an ac­ci­dent will hap­pen. Peo­ple in sit­u­a­tions such as these of­ten find they need as­sis­tance at Christ­mas. The Kins­men and Kinette Christ­mas Mir­a­cle pro­vided gifts to about 200 chil­dren in 2017.

Desveaux-Starratt said the funds raised through the event rep­re­sent a large per­cent­age of what the ra­dio­thon brings in. It wouldn’t be pos­si­ble without the help of other vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ers and em­cee. She said many now look for­ward to help­ing each year.

A wide range of in­di­vid­u­als and lo­cal busi­nesses con­trib­ute door prize, auc­tion and raf­fle items. The use of the ball­room was also do­nated. A food box and a Christ­mas bas­ket were raf­fled off and there were more than 150 door prizes. The auc­tion fea­tured 12 items with a value of more than $1,700.

The ben­e­fit event also fea­tured a visit from Santa Claus, a sucker pull, 50-50 draw, Christ­mas in­door yard sale, can­teen and the pop­u­lar horse race game. The game fea­tures 20 “horses” that are spon­sored by area busi­nesses. Peo­ple place $1 bets on the horses and a 20-sided die is cast to de­ter­mine which horse moves ahead. An­other roll de­ter­mines how many spa­ces the horse moves. The game con­tin­ues un­til a horse crosses the fin­ish line.


Avery and Richard Far­ris of Hal­i­fax at­tended the Kins­men and Kinette Christ­mas Mir­a­cle Ben­e­fit in Kentville. Avery won a cou­ple of door prizes, in­clud­ing a hot dog cos­tume for a dog and this candy jar Santa.


Johnny Graves, a.k.a. mu­si­cal per­former Johnny Trash, sells 50-50 tick­ets at the Kins­men and Kinette Christ­mas Mir­a­cle Ben­e­fit in Kentville.


Alan But­ler, who served as em­cee for the Kins­men and Kinette Christ­mas Mir­a­cle Ben­e­fit in Kentville, with many auc­tion items.

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