The Big Give graces Corn­wall with charity

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CORN­WALL, On­tario – On Satur­day, June 2, three churches in the city par­tic­i­pated in The Big Give. At­ten­dees could do­nate or take from a rum­mage sale, and ser­vices were pro­vided by hair­dressers, a nail tech­ni­cian and a mas­sage ther­a­pist.

“We like to take advantage of op­por­tu­ni­ties to bless the com­mu­nity,” said Miia Nau­gler, The Big Give co­or­di­na­tor for the Har­vest Chris­tian Fel­low­ship. “We thought this would be a great op­por­tu­nity to do that. So ev­ery­thing was free. Peo­ple like to give when they’re get­ting some­thing. They have a hard time just be­ing blessed with­out feel­ing that they have to con­trib­ute some­thing back.”

Nau­gler is a mem­ber of the Har­vest Chris­tian Fel­low­ship and has been or­ga­niz­ing The Big Give at her church for the last four years. The church had over 20 vol­un­teers help­ing with this year’s event.

Ac­cord­ing to Nau­gler, Im­manuel Chris­tian Re­formed Church has also been par­tic­i­pat­ing in The Big Give for the last four years, and The First Bap­tist Church of Corn­wall par­tic­i­pated for the first time this year. This year 130 churches par­tic­i­pated across Canada.

“One of the great things about this event is peo­ple were able to get some of their prac­ti­cal needs met with fur­ni­ture and ap­pli­ances, but there were also a lot of things that peo­ple want like toys and clothes – just things that a lot of us take for granted. We can re­ceive bless­ing and we can give bless­ing and I think that’s some­thing peo­ple tend to for­get,” said Nau­gler.

Chelsea Looyen, 11, a vol­un­teer at The Big Give, also vol­un­teers with the church’s me­dia team and chil­dren’s group, and she has spear­headed a Bi­ble study group at her ele­men­tary school. Looyen said she loves her church and likes to take ini­tia­tive when­ever pos­si­ble.

Nau­gler be­lieves that teach­ing prac­ti­cal skills to chil­dren within the church is es­sen­tial for life ex­pe­ri­ence. Chil­dren have the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer within a mul­ti­me­dia team and at a café, lo­cated in the church.

“I think it’s im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to have op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to be gen­er­ous with what they have, and with their time. But it’s also im­por­tant for peo­ple to be able to re­ceive that gen­eros­ity,” said Nau­gler.

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is set to open on June 11. The Op­ti­mist Club of Corn­wall pro­vided free food and re­fresh­ments.

Sev­eral com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses spon­sored the event.

“Specf­i­cally the event is train­ing,” said Cst. Lan­glois. “So it’s all about the rules of the road for kids. Wear­ing the equip­ment, hav­ing the bells, the lights. And how to do your proper turns, stop signs, etc.”

The Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Police Bike Unit taught chil­dren how to prop­erly steer, sig­nal and avoid road haz­ards. “I like to be safe and ride my bike, be­cause

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