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Christmas Miracle aims to make season brighter for families in need

<p>Volunteers Judy Graves, with granddaughter Gwendolyn Russell, and Sharon Chenier-Kelley sell tickets on a grocery basket and a Christmas basket at the Kentville Kinsmen and Kinette Christmas Miracle benefit.</p>
<p>Volunteers Judy Graves, with granddaughter Gwendolyn Russell, and Sharon Chenier-Kelley sell tickets on a grocery basket and a Christmas basket at the Kentville Kinsmen and Kinette Christmas Miracle benefit.</p>

KENTVILLE - Volunteers with the Kinsmen and Kinettes know that the gratitude of families in need during the holidays makes all the hard work that goes into their annual Christmas Miracle worth it.

The service club held a benefit for the Christmas Miracle at the Cornwallis Inn ballroom in Kentville Nov. 14. The Kinsmen and Kinette Christmas Miracle radiothon fundraiser airs on AVR Nov. 22 from noon to 6 p.m.

All proceeds go toward buying gifts for less fortunate kids in Kings County. Last year, gifts were purchased for nearly 200 children.

The Kinsmen and Kinettes take applications for children between the ages of two and 13 years. The service club members then go on a shopping spree to Walmart to try to find everything requested. The Kings County 4X4 Club delivers the presents.

“Some come in and request toys, that’s what their kids want, some come in and say winter boots, things that they need that are going to make their child’s Christmas brighter,” Kinette secretary Emily Deveaux-Starratt said.

She said it feels good knowing that the proceeds will help families in need in our own community, people we might pass on the street. It makes Christmas a happier time for the parents because it takes away the pressure of finding money to buy gifts.

Honourary Kinette Susan Graves said that when you’re involved in the application process, “you see the need so much.”

“It really feels good to be able to help out,” she said.

Deveaux-Starratt said she used to go along to help deliver the presents and recalls being moved by how thankful the parents were. Graves recalls a man with three little girls who had tears in his eyes.

The volunteers pointed out that some people are only a paycheck away from hitting financial rock bottom and they don’t delve into the personal financial information of applicants.

The Nov. 14 benefit featured live musical entertainment, more than 100 door prizes, an auction, basket raffles, a 50-50 draw, a canteen, a horse race game, a visit from Santa and much more. Last year’s benefit raised more than $2,000 for the Christmas Miracle.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

Click here for a slideshow featuring photos from the Christmas Miracle benefit and the Holiday Family Fun-raiser.

The application process

-       The Kinsmen and Kinettes take applications for children in need age two to 13 years.

-       Application dates are Nov. 17 and 19 from 3 to 6 p.m.; Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 24 and 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.

-       People are asked to visit the Kin Room in the Kentville recreation centre adjacent to town hall on Main Street to apply. Please use the side entrance and go down stairs.

-       Applicants must bring proof of age for each child, such as a birth certificate or MSI card.

The service club held a benefit for the Christmas Miracle at the Cornwallis Inn ballroom in Kentville Nov. 14. The Kinsmen and Kinette Christmas Miracle radiothon fundraiser airs on AVR Nov. 22 from noon to 6 p.m.

All proceeds go toward buying gifts for less fortunate kids in Kings County. Last year, gifts were purchased for nearly 200 children.

The Kinsmen and Kinettes take applications for children between the ages of two and 13 years. The service club members then go on a shopping spree to Walmart to try to find everything requested. The Kings County 4X4 Club delivers the presents.

“Some come in and request toys, that’s what their kids want, some come in and say winter boots, things that they need that are going to make their child’s Christmas brighter,” Kinette secretary Emily Deveaux-Starratt said.

She said it feels good knowing that the proceeds will help families in need in our own community, people we might pass on the street. It makes Christmas a happier time for the parents because it takes away the pressure of finding money to buy gifts.

Honourary Kinette Susan Graves said that when you’re involved in the application process, “you see the need so much.”

“It really feels good to be able to help out,” she said.

Deveaux-Starratt said she used to go along to help deliver the presents and recalls being moved by how thankful the parents were. Graves recalls a man with three little girls who had tears in his eyes.

The volunteers pointed out that some people are only a paycheck away from hitting financial rock bottom and they don’t delve into the personal financial information of applicants.

The Nov. 14 benefit featured live musical entertainment, more than 100 door prizes, an auction, basket raffles, a 50-50 draw, a canteen, a horse race game, a visit from Santa and much more. Last year’s benefit raised more than $2,000 for the Christmas Miracle.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

Click here for a slideshow featuring photos from the Christmas Miracle benefit and the Holiday Family Fun-raiser.

The application process

-       The Kinsmen and Kinettes take applications for children in need age two to 13 years.

-       Application dates are Nov. 17 and 19 from 3 to 6 p.m.; Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 24 and 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.

-       People are asked to visit the Kin Room in the Kentville recreation centre adjacent to town hall on Main Street to apply. Please use the side entrance and go down stairs.

-       Applicants must bring proof of age for each child, such as a birth certificate or MSI card.

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