by Leanne Trimble Cadieux, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville realize that there will be a need for warm toes in our schools over the winter months. In September, Leanne Trimble, Director of Strategic Initiatives with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville sent out a request for locations to collect socks for this campaign over the month of October. I am sure most of us will agree there is nothing worse than having cold, wet feet. Our goal was to collect 500 pairs of socks to be distributed to our community schools before the cold winter months. Well…. Did our community ever step up. With amazing support from St. James Anglican Church, North Grenville Community Church, South Gate Church, Body and Sole Foot Care Clinic, and Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding we were able to collect 1,231 pairs of socks. HOW AMAZING IS THAT!!!!!! We cannot thank the community enough and on behalf of the many warm toes in North Grenville’s schools THANK YOU!
Throughout the month of November, through to December 24, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville will be running the following campaigns to assist with the need in our community:
The winter coat drive – We are collecting Gently used or new winter coats/snow pants, Hats, Scarfs, Mitts. A collection bin is set up at the North Grenville Municipal centre just outside the Big Brothers Big Sisters office.
The Giving Christmas Tree – We are collecting unwrapped gift for children less fortunate in our community. Gifts will be distributed by Santa Claus at our annual Christmas banquet, as well as brought to the principals of our local schools to be distributed to help make a child’s Christmas a memorable one. All you need to do is pick an ornament from the Giving Tree and return an unwrapped gift with the ornament attached, and we will do the rest. The giving tree locations are North Grenville Municipal Centre, Scotiabank Kemtpville, CIBC Bank Kemptville, Royal Bank Kemptville, TD Bank Kemptville, École élémentaire publique Rivière-Rideau Kemptville.