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Free old-fashioned family Christmas event set for Saturday

Festive music and refreshments on the menu along with opportunity to support The Sharing Place
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The Orillia Vocal Ensemble will once again perform at Thor Motors as part of a fundraiser for The Sharing Place. The event happens Saturday.

Stop by Thor Motors, 201 Gill St. Orillia, this Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and enjoy some festive music and refreshments at this annual fundraising event for The Sharing Place Food Bank.

Music will be provided by the Orillia Vocal Ensemble and special guests, The Hummin’ and Strummin’ Ukulele kids from the Orillia Music Centre. And Santa always finds time to drop in and visit!

Last year, this event raised over $6,000 for The Sharing Place at a time when many family’s resources are dangerously stretched to the max. Financial donations collected will be directly used to fill holiday hampers for local families and individuals in need.

Sharing Place executive director Chris Peacock is always heartened by the generosity of the Orillia community.

“During the holiday season The Sharing Place Food Bank distributes over 450 holiday hampers to members of our community who are food insecure," said Peacock. "The hampers consist of all the fixings for a festive breakfast and dinner including fresh vegetables and a turkey or ham. The holiday season can be a stressful time for many people, the financial pressures and commitments can be overwhelming and when you are on a low income they can be unachievable."

He said he hopes "the support we provide at The Sharing Place will give our members the opportunity to share a meal with friends and family and bring people together over the holidays. We all work together to create a healthy community through access to nutritious food.”

The Sharing Place provides emergency access to healthy food and food skills programming to over 1,500 food insecure people per month.

"We partner with other local organizations to strengthen their food programming and to provide access to the surplus food we recover from our community," said Peacock.