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August is ‘Happiness Happens month’. What a wonderful theme, to be looking for the happy in each day, and in each moment.

Happiness is…the amazing people who are continually showing up to help out at Kemptville & District Home Support, supporting seniors and adults with physical disabilities. KDHSI is a nonprofit charitable organization with 143 active volunteers! We receive less than 50% of our yearly funding from the government, and in order to keep the same level of service, we need to raise close to $75,000 this year through donations and fundraisers. It is exciting to report that we have already received $34,500. Thank you to our many supporters.

To raise the additional funds by the end of March, we are relying on donations as well as fundraisers. There are several events coming up that fit right into the happiness factor, being that they involve music, food and flowers.

Our summer raffle has two wonderful prizes. The first is for two tickets to a “Johnny Cash and June Carter Tribute” lunch cruise on the 1000 Islands. This prize is valued at over $200. The second prize is a $100 prepaid Mastercard gift card, donated by Matt Felker of O’Farrell Financial Services. Either prize is sure to give each winner lots of fun!

On Thursday August 29, we will be having a bake sale at the Centre, starting at 9 am and ending at 3:30 pm with the raffle draw. We welcome any contributions to the bake sale, and look forward to having people stop by throughout the day to stock up for the long weekend, and for those special treats.

We are also holding a Vesey fundraiser which offers a variety of bulbs for spring blooms, a selection of Swarovski jewelry, as well as gifts for Christmas and other occasions. The catalogue is available at the Centre and there will also be a table set up at the bake sale. For those who prefer an electronic version, we can email the catalogue, just give us a call at 613-258-3203 or email susan.smith@kdhsi.com and we can send the catalogue to you.

“All aboard for a fun new musical complied and arranged by Louise Atchison.” Shake Rattle & Roll, being held November 8, 9 and 10, is sure to ‘up’ everyone’s happiness factor! Louise has gathered together a talented group of people who have already put in hours and hours of practice to make this the talked about performance of the season. Shake Rattle & Roll will be featuring our own KDHSI ‘Singing Seniors’; the ‘Ottawa Valley Male Choir’; ‘The Hummingbirds’; and perhaps a few guest artists. There will be humour sprinkled throughout the performances, and of course the music will keep your toes tapping and perhaps will entice you to sing along with familiar tunes. Tickets are available at KDHSI, online and at Brewed Awakenings.

All our events and activities are listed on our website at www.kdhsi.com. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust

Until next time

Susan Smith, Executive Director Kemptville & District Home Support (KDHSI)

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