BEL Rotarians celebrated the spirit of Christmas as they shopped for eight families in our community. 



For some families in our community the joy that many of us associate with the Christmas season is tarnished by financial demands and stretched budgets.  Many families live below the poverty line.  Many others have modest incomes and have to make difficult decisions at this time of year: do they buy presents for their children or do they put food on the table? 

BEL Rotary members joined forces and with the help of a matching grant from the Rotary International Foundation, adopted eight families from the Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield area. With the help of the local schools, Rotarians were able to purchase toys, books and clothing, specific to the interests and needs of the children.  A slow cooker was also purchased for each family and thanks Chemong Community Care a personal hygiene kit will also be included.   Spirit was high at the Monday night meeting when the Rotarians found their “inner child” and shared their purchases.  “I work in a shelter for the homeless, and the opportunity to bring hope to a family at this time of year is a great gift”, said Rotarian Dave.  “I see many children who will not have a Christmas”. The purchases will be delivered to the schools for pick up by the families.