St. Kevin’s C.W.L. Holds Christmas Money Draw To Help Food Banks

 When the members of the St. Kevin’s Parish Catholic Women’s League, including Noella Cheaney on the left and Rolande Michaud on the right, were choosing a local charity as beneficiary of the proceeds of their annual Christmas Money Draw, there was very little need for lengthy discussion. The Valley East Food Banks were the first to come to mind and indeed will receive all of the money raised from ticket sales this year.
   The poor economic conditions that have affected the entire world were bad enough to increase the demands being placed upon the two local food banks, but now that the region is in the throngs of the Vale Inco work stoppage, with numerous layoffs and reductions in hours of employment elsewhere, the Good Neighbours and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Banks are finding it even more difficult to handle the excess calls for help.
   Organizations like the St. Kevin’s C.W.L., through their kindness and generosity are definitely making a difference with their donations. The ladies will be selling tickets for only $1 each between now and the draw date on December 13, 2009. You can get your tickets every weekend at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Besides helping with a good cause, you may win one of three prizes. First prize is a huge centre piece plus $250 in cash. Second prize is a wreath plus $150 in cash. And, third place is a vase plus $100 in cash.
   We congratulate the ladies of St. Kevin’s for their kindness and consideration. If anyone in the community would also like to drop off food for the Good Neighbours Food Bank, just stop by the Food Bank Depot that is located at the main entrance of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
Valley View Community Church Once Again Provides Shoppers With Free Gift Wrapping At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

Each year the members of the Valley View Community Church set up a table near the entrance to the Hart Department Store and provide free gift wrapping to shoppers. This year, as is the usual custom, the volunteers were taking donations for the Valley East Food Banks. You can find out more about the church by visiting their web site: 

Valley Pentecostal Church Helps Distribute Close To $1 Million Worth of Food To People In Need During The Past Three Years

   Jack Lanctot, on the left, and Rodney Deforges, take a breather while up to two dozen other volunteers continue to unload close to $80,000 worth of food that was delivered to Valley Pentecostal Church in Hanmer on November 30. This was the seventh such shipment received by the church in the past year, with all of the food and supplies being distributed to various food banks and other service organizations throughout the City of Greater Sudbury . In fact over 20 charity organizations benefit from the donations.
   Rodney Deforges founded Faith Charities of Ontario (Deforges Family Ministries) three years ago. He is based in Manitowaning. Rev. Steve Gudrie and his wife, Esther, along with their children, Curtis and Jenn, got Valley Pentecostal Church involved with the food distribution program right from the beginning and have received approximately 15 shipments totaling close to $1 million in food and supplies. The Church has even donated the transport that was used to bring the food to Hanmer in November. Eva Lanctot, a local realtor, donates the $1,000 it costs to cover the expenses of getting some of the shipments to the Church.
   Deforges collects the food from manufacturers in southern
Ontario . There is nothing wrong with the food and supplies, but government regulations are very restrictive when it comes to the distribution of food items to grocery stores and retail outlets. For example you may purchase a canned food item from a grocery store that has a “best before date” in December and keep it on your pantry shelf until April. There is still nothing wrong with the food since it can normally remain in the can for at least six months beyond the “best before” date. However, the manufacturer and the retailer cannot sell it to you after a certain date. That food becomes surplus and is available for distribution through food banks and other charitable organizations.
   The Faith Charities of Ontario came up with a way of providing a service to the manufacturers who had to get rid of the surplus products in order to make room for new products.  Until the Faith Charities of Ontario came along, the manufacturers had to contact people to try to get rid of the surplus supplies. Now they simply call Deforges and he sends a transport to pick the supplies up for distribution to needy people through organizations such as the
Valley Pentecostal Church . Everyone wins! Each week millions of dollars of food are distributed by the Faith Charities of Ontario which now has eight transports on the road.
   Eva Lanctot Realty heard about the work that was being done through
Valley Pentecostal Church and was eager to do whatever she could to help out. As it turned out, the Church could only come up with enough funds to pay for a limited number of shipments, so Eva stepped up to the plate. Now, whenever Pastor Steve gets a call from Rodney about another shipment that is ready to be delivered, he just says bring it on. The 53 foot transport trailer is “always welcome” and the food is distributed within 24 hours.
   Deforges explained that he never knows what is going to be available when he is called to a warehouse. There are times when he has picked up a load of 40 skids of popcorn. He brings it all back to his warehouse at Manitowaning and spreads it out all across
Ontario , but mainly in the northern communities. All of the items get distributed and are very much appreciated by the recipients.
   This is indeed a good news story and our hats go off to the Gudries of Valley Pentecostal Church, to Rodney Deforges of Deforges Family Ministries, and to Eva Lanctot of Lanctot Realty.

Back-To-Church Sunday Is An Attempt To Raise Awareness of The Need For Higher Moral Values

   Rev. Diana M. Wilde, Parish Priest of the Church of St. Alban The Martyr , feels that the “Back To Church Sunday” movement, sponsored by the Anglican Churches throughout the world is an important step in raising awareness for a higher level of morality in our society.
   Officially, Sunday, September 28, 2008 was declared “Back To Church Sunday”, but Rev. Wilde is hoping that this will motivate more and more people to return to churches of all kinds and denominations in hopes of becoming inspired to live a better life and to treat others with respect and dignity.
   “The concept started in the
United Kingdom ,” explained Rev. Wilde. “The hope was to show people who for whatever reason have stopped coming to church that we are always ready and willing to accept them back with open arms.”
   Rev. Wilde and several of her parishioners were in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre early in September talking to people about the special day and providing them with more information about St. Alban’s Anglican Church which is located on
Dennie Street in Capreol.
   Sunday worship and
Church School takes place at 10:30 a.m. followed by fellowship in the church hall. If you have any questions for Rev. Diana Wilde, please call her at 858-2550.

Valleyview Community Church Once Again Brings Out The Free Gift Wrapping For Local Shoppers
Lou Dotto, to the left in the foreground, spent a busy few days at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre wrapping holiday gifts for local shoppers. This was about the fifth year that the Valleyview Community Church has organized this free service for local residents. It is much appreciated by the busy, last-minute shopper. The gift wrapping is free, but many people donated an item of food for the needy to say thank you for the service.
Here, Lou is shown with his wife Bernadette during a quiet moment.
Karen Stenbraaten, on the left, and Kimberly Irving were also two of the volunteers from the Church who took part in the gift wrapping activity.



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