HOL adopts out over 180 people for Christmas
Pictured, House of Lazarus Client Services Manager Kim Merkley, Food Bank Assistant Marianne Villemaire and Executive Director Cathy Ashby. (Jennifer Westendorp, mykemptvillenow.com staff)
Donations are still rolling in for the House of Lazarus (HOL) Christmas adoption program. Over 180 families, seniors, couples and individuals were adopted this year. The program pairs food bank clients with community members, who provide a Christmas meal, gifts or both.
Client Services Manager Kim Merkley says the community is incredibly generous and stepped up in a big way to make sure food bank clients could celebrate the holiday season. She noted thousands of gifts have been donated so far.
Merkley explained a gentleman dropped by the HOL yesterday and donated $2,000 towards the program to fill some of the gaps in the Christmas hampers.
She says it means the world to the food bank clients.
Merkley explained one woman dropped by yesterday to pick up her hamper and was reduced to tears when she saw what someone had donated to her family.
She noted that there’s no end to the stories of generosity. Merkley says the HOL ordered turkeys and hams from Giant Tiger to put in the hampers and a lady who was in the store donated $700 towards the order.
Nearly 700 people access the food bank annually. The HOL Food Bank, located in Mountain, serves people in North Grenville, South Grenville, North Dundas and South Dundas.