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Carleton Place Christmas Basket seeks local support

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Christmas is a great time to reconnect with family and friends to share anecdotes from the previous year and well wishes for the upcoming over a hot meal. Unfortunately, the reality of the holiday season is not this bright and breezy for some in Carleton Place.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket puts food on the table and presents under the tree for families in need.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket is asking for local support to make the program a success once again as the holiday season approaches. The program relies on local donations to supply a complete Christmas breakfast and supper to families and individuals in need during the holidays.

“We distributed 297 baskets last year,” said Wayne Drummond, the Carleton Place Christmas Basket program coordinator. “All the baskets stay within the K7C postal area,” he said. Drummond says donations have traditionally come from both individuals and commercial enterprises in the community. No donations come from government programs.

“Not everyone can afford the traditional family festivities during the Christmas season,” Drummond said. “It’s really important that we connect as a community so that Christmas is a happy time for all.”

Each basket contains a pancake breakfast, complete with pancakes, syrup, bread, butter, peanut butter, jam and milk. The turkey dinner includes apple juice, potatoes, carrots, turkey, dressing, cranberries, gravy and a dessert.

About 1,000 people, a third of whom are younger than 16, also received presents from the Angel Tree Program that is affiliated with Carleton Place Christmas Basket. Angel Tree Program gifts are combined with the appropriate basket.

“I think [the baskets] really do help,” said Dr. Sean Murphy from Murphy Chiropractic’s in Carleton Place. Murphy Chiropractic’s has been a drop-off destination for donated winter hats, mittens and scarves for the last 13 years. The winter items are packed into the Christmas baskets. The office usually starts accepting donations at the end of October.

“Sometimes the Christmas Basket gets a last minute call on Christmas Eve so it’s really important that we start early to make sure we have enough for everyone in need,” Murphy said. “I think it’s a success because giving makes you feel good, it’s healthy for everyone involved.” Murphy said. “People are more willing to give at this time of year.”

“Ray always donates a lot which is very helpful,” said Drummond, talking about Ray MacLaren, the manager of the Carleton Place Giant Tiger.

Donated hats, mittens and scarves must be new. Handmade is accepted.

For more information about Christmas Baskets, contact Wayne Drummond at wdrumm9@gmail.com.

Photo by Jane Hobson
Dr. Sean Murphy (bottom left) poses for a photo with Wayne Drummond (middle) and Ray MacLaren (top right) with other chiropractic employees in front of a box of donated winter clothing on Oct. 24, 2016. Murphy Chiropractic in Carleton Place has been helping Carleton Place Christmas Basket collect winter items for 13 years.

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Carleton Place Christmas Basket seeks local support

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Christmas is a great time to reconnect with family and friends to share anecdotes from the previous year and well wishes for the upcoming over a hot meal. Unfortunately, the reality of the holiday season is not this bright and breezy for some in Carleton Place.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket puts food on the table and presents under the tree for families in need.

Carleton Place Christmas Basket is asking for local support to make the program a success once again as the holiday season approaches. The program relies on local donations to supply a complete Christmas breakfast and supper to families and individuals in need during the holidays.

“We distributed 297 baskets last year,” said Wayne Drummond, the Carleton Place Christmas Basket program coordinator. “All the baskets stay within the K7C postal area,” he said. Drummond says donations have traditionally come from both individuals and commercial enterprises in the community. No donations come from government programs.

“Not everyone can afford the traditional family festivities during the Christmas season,” Drummond said. “It’s really important that we connect as a community so that Christmas is a happy time for all.”

Each basket contains a pancake breakfast, complete with pancakes, syrup, bread, butter, peanut butter, jam and milk. The turkey dinner includes apple juice, potatoes, carrots, turkey, dressing, cranberries, gravy and a dessert.

About 1,000 people, a third of whom are younger than 16, also received presents from the Angel Tree Program that is affiliated with Carleton Place Christmas Basket. Angel Tree Program gifts are combined with the appropriate basket.

“I think [the baskets] really do help,” said Dr. Sean Murphy from Murphy Chiropractic’s in Carleton Place. Murphy Chiropractic’s has been a drop-off destination for donated winter hats, mittens and scarves for the last 13 years. The winter items are packed into the Christmas baskets. The office usually starts accepting donations at the end of October.

“Sometimes the Christmas Basket gets a last minute call on Christmas Eve so it’s really important that we start early to make sure we have enough for everyone in need,” Murphy said. “I think it’s a success because giving makes you feel good, it’s healthy for everyone involved.” Murphy said. “People are more willing to give at this time of year.”

“Ray always donates a lot which is very helpful,” said Drummond, talking about Ray MacLaren, the manager of the Carleton Place Giant Tiger.

Donated hats, mittens and scarves must be new. Handmade is accepted.

For more information about Christmas Baskets, contact Wayne Drummond at wdrumm9@gmail.com.

Photo by Jane Hobson
Dr. Sean Murphy (bottom left) poses for a photo with Wayne Drummond (middle) and Ray MacLaren (top right) with other chiropractic employees in front of a box of donated winter clothing on Oct. 24, 2016. Murphy Chiropractic in Carleton Place has been helping Carleton Place Christmas Basket collect winter items for 13 years.

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