“Spirit of Giving” Food and Fund Drive
The Spirit of Giving project was initiated by Bernie Currier’s accounting class at South Grenville District High School in the late 80’s to provide food items to those less fortunate at Christmas.
Changes through the years
- In the early 90’s the project scope and resource demand outgrew what could be handled by the SGDHS students alone so they handed the project over to the Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs of Prescott. Under the leadership of these two groups working in conjunction with the SGDHS students the project evolved and expanded;
- In the mid 90’s the unfortunately the Kinette club folded and the Kinsmen took sole ownership of the project. At this time the area covered was also expanded to include east to Cardinal, north through Shanly, west through Spencerville to Algonquin, South to Maitland and east back into Prescott and everywhere in between.
- In the mid 90’s the baskets were also expanded to include many perishable items such as apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes, eggs, bread, stuffing and turkeys.
- In early 2000 the decision was made to include a gift for each child and the elderly via Angel trees. The theory behind this is we put Angels which contain the gender of the person receiving the gift and their age on trees at selected locations and those wishing to donate pick an angel from the tree purchase a gift and place the angel on the gift under the tree. We then add the gifts to the food baskets prior to distributing them.
The number of families registered varies from year to year at our peak providing assistance to almost 350 families but in recent years the drive has been feeding approximately 325 families each year for a week at Christmas.
How to Help
All the above being said we are looking for assistance from the Public and business community in our area to support and sustain this very worthwhile non profit project. Please review the list below and if you can help in anyway please get involved.
- The SGDHS students will be performing food drives through-out the area from 530 to 8ish each night on the following schedule.
- Prescott Tues Nov 7 and Wed Nov 8
- Prescott Tues Nov 14
- Riverview Heights Wed Nov 15
- Prescott Light up the Night Parade Fri Nov 17th
- Maitland Tues Nov 21 and Wed Nov 22
- Johnstown Tues Nov 28th and Wed Nov 29th
- Maynard Tues Dec 5
- Cardinal and Spencerville Wed Dec 6
- The SGDHS students will be in the “Light up the Night” parade in Prescott accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations.
- We expect the cost of the perishable items will increase again this year and cost approximately $10k. A donation of any amount will help to cover these costs. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 1150 Prescott ON K0E 1T0, by contacting Art Hitsman or Mike Baril at the numbers listed above or providing them to any Kinsmen Club of Prescott member.
- 45 Gallon drums will be placed in stores, businesses and schools throughout the community to collect non-perishable food items on or before Monday November 13th and will be picked up on Friday December 15th.
- If your business does not have a barrel but would like to run a collection campaign for us we can get you a box or some boxes to put the collected items in and we will pick it/them up from you on or before Friday December 15th.
- Angel Trees will be distributed to local businesses in the next couple weeks for people to purchase gifts for the children and elderly.
- The Kinsmen Club of Prescott are a non profit community service group consisting of 7 men. We are always open to new members and assistance from the general public. If you are interested in assisting us with a project or finding out more about becoming a member please feel free to contact Art Hitsman or Mike Baril at the numbers listed above and we can provide further details.
For those looking to register for assistance you need to attend one of the following registrations with ID and proof of address
- Prescott location to be determined from 1pm to 3pm
- Wednesday Nov 29, Thursday December 30, Friday December 1, Monday December 4th and Tuesday December 5th
Preparation and Delivery of the Food Baskets
All items will be collected on or before Friday December 15th.
On the evening of Friday December 16 the items will be sorted and baskets prepared.
Saturday December 16th is the date the baskets will be distributed to those who have registered.
Currently we are receiving numerous calls which leads us to believe the need for assistance this year from low-income families, the working poor and those currently receiving social assistance of any nature will be high in this area. Cuts to cash flow particularly during the fall of the year are more devastating to individuals and families than any other time of the year or season. We need your help more than ever before! Please consider making a donation to the Kin Family Spirit of Giving Campaign to feed the needy in our communities this Christmas.
May your holidays be blessed with quality time and memorable moments with family and friends.
Art Hitsman & Mike Baril