Volunteers sought for ‘Stuff-A-Cruiser’

By Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser” is taking place Saturday. Dec. 7. As always it takes place at Cloverleaf in Emo, as well as several locations in Fort Frances and Rainy River.
The organizers are looking for volunteers. Students would be welcome, and it’s a great way to earn your volunteer hours. Two-hour shifts are doable, or however long you chose.
Call Charlene at 486-3455 or 275-8841.
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“Holly Daze” is coming up Dec. 6-7 in Emo.
The Christmas parade is Dec. 6. This always proves to be an enjoyable evening.
Parade, hot chocolate, cookies, amazing floats and to top it off a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
Be sure to mark this on your calendar. It’s a true way to put you in the holiday spirit.
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Congratulations to Alexis Mose and Regan Geddes on the birth of their son, Xavier David Kent Geddes. Xavier was born Nov. 6.
This little guy was born three weeks early but is doing great.
Proud grandparents are Dave and Tracy Mose and proud great-grandparents are Les and Rose Mose.
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Country entertainers, “Country Rewind,” will be performing on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Barwick. This group comes from Atikokan.
They perform a variety of easy listening, music for dancing and country classics.
There will be a $5 admission fee; that cost is to cover water and snacks. Organizers hope to see a lot of folks out to enjoy this evening.
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Robin’s 2¢
Country Units Of Measurement:
Next door–one-two minutes;
Right up the road–five-10 minutes;
A couple miles–10-20 minutes;
Not to far–20-25 minutes;
A little ways–over an hour; and
A pretty good drive–two hours-plus.

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Volunteers sought for ‘Stuff-A-Cruiser’

Duane Hicks

The ninth-annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser” campaign may be a month away but organizers already are lining up volunteers to help out.
The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River.
Volunteers will be outside of those locations, collecting food donations from customers.
The items then will be donated to food banks in the respective communities, with some also going to the annual community Christmas dinner here.
District residents are urged to make a difference and volunteer on Dec. 9, noted UNFC homelessness outreach worker Jennifer Kivimaki, who is spearheading the initiative this year.
“It’s just an hour of your time,” she remarked, adding more than one person can sign up for a location at any given time.
“The more, the merrier,” Kivimaki enthused.
Volunteers can sign up on the Celebrating Diversity website at celebratingdiversity.ca
“If they sign up on the Celebrating Diversity website, make sure to e-mail me with contact information,” noted Kivimaki, whose e-mail address is jkivimaki@unfc.org
If you do not have access to a computer, call Kivimaki at 274-8541 and she can add you to the list.
Kivimaki said the OPP, Treaty #3 Police Service, and CN Police, along with the Rainy River District Emergency Medical Services and Iron Range Bus Lines, already are on board with “Stuff-A-Cruiser” for this year.
As in past years, shoppers interested in donating will be given a list of needed items to choose from.
The “wish list” includes such things as canned vegetables (corn, beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes, etc.), canned fruit, baked beans, canned meat (tuna, salmon), turkey, ham, Hamburger Helper, and Kraft Dinner.
Pasta, spaghetti sauce, instant potatoes, cereal, peanut butter, jam, tea, coffee, packets of sugar, canned pasta, cranberry sauce, Stove Top stuffing, pancake mix, syrup, powdered milk, and packets of salt and pepper also are needed.
Last December, residents “stuffed” 30 cruisers in Fort Frances, seven in Emo, and three in Rainy River in support of district food banks and the community Christmas dinner.