Breakfast with Santa is a great success DIANE HUNTER DIANE.HUNTER@EAP.ON.CA
They go together,” said Bernique. “We have about 20 volunteers here today. The event supports minor sports in Vankleek Hill. We don’t have big factories here any- more. Parents don’t have the big jobs. It makes a difference.” More than a visit from Santa Proceeds from this event go toward supporting families who may be strug- gling to enrol their children in sports. “We have a special account for families who want to register their children in sports, and may not be able to afford it,” said Janice Renwick, Champlain Recreation Director. “We really encourage people to ask for this assistance. It’s completely ano-
VANKLEEK HILL | For the past four years, children in the Champlain area have been enjoying Breakfast with Santa while sup- porting Vankleek Hill Minor Sports. “It’s a great gig for many reasons,” said Phil Arber, event organizer. “Look at all the kids. Look at all the people. The balance of the gifts is sent to the Vankleek Hill Food Bank to include in the Christmas baskets.” Evelyn Bernique coordinates the annual Breakfast with Santa event as well as the annual Vankleek Hill Cancer Breakfast in the spring. “I like Santa, and I love kids.
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nymous. We want all children to be able to participate in sports.” “We have received glorious donations for this,” said Arber. “Most of the toys un- der the tree have been donated by Herb’s Travel Plaza. We have also received dona- tions from the Hawkesbury Rotary Club, Retired Teachers Association, and several private donors.” More information about Vankleek Hill Minor Sports and how to get assistance to register a child into a sports program is available by contacting Janice Renwick at 613-678-3601. Gerry Bernique and Lewis McAlister hard at work in the kitchen during the Breakfast with Santa, Sunday morning.
Three littleelves,MiishaLydiate, Amanda MacMillan andTaylor Corry were helping Santa give out presents to children at the Breakfast with Santa event held at the Vankleek Hill Community Center, Sunday morning.
7-year-old Kaileigh Carkner having a chat with Santa.
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