DCAFS Charity Event A Success!

 

On Sunday November 13, 2011, we held our first annual “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Charity Event in support of DCAFS.  Funds raised from the event went towards helping offset some of the costs associated with the holiday season for a local family in need.  If you are interested in sponsoring a family or would like more information on DCAFS Family Sponsorship Program, please contact Jacqueline Moore at (519) 941-1530 ext. 246.

We were overwhelmed by the response we had given this was our first year.  Our plan was to have a more intimate experience with Santa and we appreciated all those who pre registered for the event in order to have Santa’s “Naughty and Nice” list prepared.  Santa was to start the afternoon with story time for the families, however we had so many excited children arrive right for 11:00 that we needed to get going with visits and photos right away!

Some kids were very excited to see Santa like this little guy…

Others enjoyed story time…

And others didn’t know what to think…

I am happy to report between the event and tickets sold on our gift basket we raised almost $1000!  This allowed us to help two families from the Dufferin Community.  Toys on the children’s wish lists were purchased as well as some necessities and gift cards for groceries, gas and clothing.  We also had a number of guests bring in their gently used winter coats for our coat drive.  I am very proud and thankful to be a part of such a caring community!

A special thanks to Erica Edelbrock from Orangeville Furniture for our beautiful tree, Michelle McCallum from Finely Focused for capturing some images at the event, and to my wonderful neighbor, Lisa, for helping at the craft table.  Last but not least, a big thank you to Santa who took the time out of his busy schedule to visit with us!  I would also like to congratulate Cynthia F on being the winner of our amazing gift basket!

On behalf of Pia, Kathleen, Miyeko, and myself, we appreciate everyone’s support and look forward to seeing you all again next year.  Plans are already underway to make the event even better for 2012!  Thank you all so much and have safe and happy holiday season!

Just a reminder and in continuation of the spirit of the season, I will be drawing for a basket of goodies from Pia’s Bakery for one lucky fan of my Facebook page.  Winner will be announced early in the week!