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24-Dec-2018

Flesherton committee has been sharing the love for over 30 years


Joan McGee of the Flesherton Love Committee

Joan McGee of the Flesherton Love Committee standing in front of the 90 Christmas boxes delivered to families in need.

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF —

The Flesherton Love Committee has been officially helping local families for 30 years but 50 years in total counting 20 unofficial years. This year 90 families will get a box filled with non perishable food items, toys, clothing and another box with a turkey or ham for Christmas dinner.

We visited the Kinplex on Thursday, Dec. 20 and it was hard not to be awestruck by the sheer number of boxes sitting atop the tables. So that no one knows who the family is, each box was labelled with an identifying number as well as the number of children they have, whether they're girls or boys, their ages and if they get a turkey or ham. The organization that goes into this process is incredible. Ten teams of two volunteers each delivered the boxes on Friday, Dec. 21.

Approximately 50 volunteers help to put this together along with about 10 committee members including Joan McGee who has been involved since it started. Many local churches are involved including St. Andrew's Presbyterian in Priceville, St. John's United in Flesherton, the United Church and the Gentle Shepherd Church in Eugenia, and the Rock Mills Fellowship Baptist Church.

Grey Highlands fire fighters hold a toy drive every year to help with the initiative and the Love Committee also gets donations from Macphail Memorial Elementary School, Osprey Central School, and Grey Highlands Secondary School.


Wrapping toys for the children requires at least four tables of volunteers to get the job done.


Toys are sorted according to age and gender of the families' children.


Approximately 50 volunteers took a short break from their work for us to take this photo.


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