Nor­wood pitches in for Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child

Vol­un­teers col­lect shoe­boxes full of gifts for chil­dren in Third World coun­tries

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JEFF DOR­NAN nor­wood­[email protected]­i­

Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is an an­nual in­ter­na­tional cam­paign that gath­ers “shoe­boxes” of small gifts that are then de­liv­ered to chil­dren in im­pov­er­ished, war or weather-stricken coun­tries. The aim is to bring a lit­tle bit of hap­pi­ness into the lives of chil­dren in need.

The shoe­boxes are dis­trib­uted to lo­cal churches, schools, or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who then fill the boxes with things like small toys, school sup­plies and hy­giene items. Ilona Ben­nett, the lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor who has been or­ga­niz­ing the cam­paign for the Nor­wood area since 1998 is very pleased with the lo­cal re­sponse this year.

Nor­wood’s Pen­te­costal Church was the lo­cal de­pot for the area’s col­lec­tion and Ilona and her helper elves packed box af­ter box for ship­ment to Peter­bor­ough and even­tu­ally over­seas to brighten the Christ­mas sea­son for chil­dren liv­ing in ad­verse con­di­tions across the globe. Cana­di­ans con­trib­uted 615,120 shoe­boxes last year.

On a global scale the pro­gram which started in 1990 has to date dis­trib­uted over 135 mil­lion gift boxes to chil­dren world­wide; it is di­rected by Samar­i­tans Purse an Amer­i­can non-de­nom­i­na­tional Chris­tian based In­ter­na­tional Re­lief Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Santa Claus Pa­rade

Aspho­del-Nor­wood’s 21st an­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade will roll through the streets on Satur­day, be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. mark­ing the of­fi­cial start of the hol­i­day sea­son in the vil­lage. As is the tra­di­tion, spec­ta­tors will have an op­por­tu­nity to do­nate a toy or food item to go to a less for­tu­nate fam­ily this Christ­mas.

The pa­rade will fol­low Spring St. to Oak St. and then make its way onto the high­way, af­ter a quick stop at the four cor­ners to light the vil­lage tree and to en­joy some fire­works com­pli­ments of Aspho­del Nor­wood Fire and Res­cue, the pa­rade will turn down Col­borne St. head­ing to­wards the Nor­wood Le­gion where the kids can meet up with Santa to tell him ev­ery­thing on their lists.

Get Stuffed turkey din­ner

The Nor­wood Li­on­ess will host their an­nual Get Stuffed Turkey Lun­cheon on Sun­day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nor­wood Town Hall, fea­tur­ing a tra­di­tional turkey din­ner with all the trim­mings, plus a va­ri­ety of raf­fles and door prizes. Tick­ets are $15, kids 6 to 11 are $5, un­der 6 eat free, they are avail­able at the Nor­wood Home Hard­ware.

Liv­ing Christ­mas tree

A bus trip has been or­ga­nized to go and hear the liv­ing Christ­mas tree at the Lind­say Pres­by­te­rian church on Sun­day. The bus leaves Nor­wood at 2 p.m., for a 2:30 p.m. pick up in Peter­bor­ough, the per­for­mance starts at 4:30 p.m. there will stop for sup­per on the way home.) Re­serve your spot to see this unique pre­sen­ta­tion, where the choir is or­ga­nized in the shape of a Christ­mas Tree by call­ing An­na­lene Miles at 639-2093. Tick­ets are $15 each

St. An­drew’s Bazaar

Nor­wood’s St. An­drew's Pres­by­te­rian Church, 19 Flora St. is host­ing their an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar, bake sale and lun­cheon Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up some of the church’s fa­mous short­bread, but­ter tarts, fruit pies, frozen meat pies and more. Find the per­fect gift at the craft and Sun­day School ta­bles and en­joy a de­lec­ta­ble soup and sand­wich lunch for $8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please take note that this is the fi­nal church bazaar in the area be­fore Christ­mas.

Cole Ben­net (left) and Jane and Frank Lester (right) are a few of the lo­cal elves that helped Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child lo­cal or­ga­nizer Ilona Ben­nett (2nd from left) pack up the hun­dreds of Christ­mas shoe­boxes col­lected from Nor­wood and the sur­round­ing area.

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