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Elmvale & District Food Bank  Thanks to Our Generous Communities

By Debra McLean, Elmvale & District Food Bank – Board of Directors

The last two months has been extremely busy for the Elmvale & District Food Bank.  The Food Bank is now officially operating out of its new location at 62 Yonge Street North.  The new building is well organized and is making the job for the volunteers so much easier. 

Although this year we could not have traditional Santa Claus parades both the Elmvale Junior Farmers and a group of community members from Minesing had very successful, colourful and fun tractor parades in their communities to spread the Christmas spirit.  Both of these parades collected food and toys for the Food Bank.

Local businesses and residents throughout Springwater Township and the Village have also been very supportive dropping off food and financial donations.  In addition we have received donations from a group of residents from Tiny Township and the Township of Tiny Fire Department.  The charity of the community will see the food bank through the busy holiday season and will help start the New Year off right.

Over the past several weeks the Canadian Tire Store in Midland hosted a Toy Drive for both the Food Bank and the Midland Salvation Army to ensure that many children will have smiles on their faces come Christmas morning.

The Food Bank also received a grant from the Huronia Community Foundation from the Emergency Community Support Fund for the creation of teenage “Winter Kits” that contained personal items for local teens in need.

As the holidays approach our volunteers have been busy preparing 67 Christmas Hampers, and 8 Christmas Stockings.  We know that all those receiving the hampers will enjoy the variety of items including everything needed for a traditional Christmas turkey dinner.

The Board of Directors and the volunteer staff of the Elmvale & District Food Bank wish to thank everyone who has made a donation.  We encourage everyone to check out our website at www.elmvaledistrictfoodbank.net or our Facebook page where we try to acknowledge many of our wonderful donations.

The Food Bank will be closed until Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, when we will resume the regular hours of Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  The Elmvale & District Food Bank is a community program run by volunteers and is here to help as required.

Anniversary:: Elmvale Presbyterian Church is celebrating 160 years of serving the Elmvale community. An anniversary is a time to look back at the past and remember the events and milestones of things that have happened but more importantly it is also a time to look to the future… to where we are going. Our building is merely brick and mortar but the people it houses make it a vital part of the Elmvale community.

Anniversary Sunday has always been special in that people have been invited to the Sunday service to renew friendships and fellowship over a meal. This year is different because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Attendance is restricted and there will be no fellowship over a meal but we are still celebrating only in a different way. We have a special speaker for this Sunday, the Reverend Dr. Karen Horst and we invite everyone from the community to join us on-line in our celebration. The service will be posted on the church website on Sunday afternoon.

May the 160th Anniversary be a sign of Elmvale Presbyterian’s continued good work and blessed ministry in the community.

“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” Psalm 79:13 ESV