Thank You From Pelham Cares

The generosity of the Pelham Community never ceases to amaze us!  From holding events and providing donations, to volunteering, it is never more evident than during the Holiday Season!

A highlight of our year, the recent 26th annual Pelham Community Food Drive was again a resounding success!  With over 300 volunteers donating their time, the event was organized, donations were collected, date checked, sorted, and transported to our facility on Hwy 20.  Following the retirement of Gerry Berkhout and his family, Pelham Cares and community partners assumed responsibility for the door-to-door collection, in addition to the sorting operation.  Special mention goes out to Fonthill and District Kinsmen, Fonthill Lions Club and Fenwick Lions Club, who have been working with us since September, to ensure the event would run smoothly.  Again this year Rice Road Greenhouses generously hosted our sorting operation, and our local Tim Hortons provided beverages and snacks for our hard working volunteers.  Country Corner Market provided their traditional lunch vouchers for our door-to-door volunteers.  Staff from the Town of Pelham ensured we had updated maps. Management and staff of Miller Restoration DKI volunteered, and provided transportation throughout. And, various social clubs provided financial support for the advertising. The response to our call for volunteers was truly overwhelming, with many long time Pelham Cares volunteers, hockey teams, basketball teams, families, and students from local high schools and Brock University coming together to make it happen! 

Other holiday traditions included, the OPP Auxiliary food drive, the seasonal food drive at Sobeys Fonthill, and the 27th annual Fonthill Volunteer Fire Association toy drive. The many toys and gifts collected were distributed to our client families, as part of our Holiday Hampers. 

Again this year, Pelham Cares received a number of grants which have supported our programs and services.  An impressive number of community events held throughout 2016 by individuals, business, schools, and churches have resulted in food and/or monetary donations.  And, our local media provided their support through attending events, and graciously including many articles in their publications.

The food collected through all these efforts provided for families and individuals in need in 2016, through the holiday  season,  and will be distributed into the spring and summer of 2017.  Monetary donations received will assist us in subsidizing food donations, and continuing our Youth Sponsorship and Transportation Programs.

As we bring another year to a close, a special mention goes out to our many dedicated volunteers, from providing direction to our organization, maintaining our facility, representing us at community events, sorting food, transporting food, shopping, driving, etc., we could not do it without all of them!

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Pelham Cares, staff, volunteers and clients; a heartfelt thank you goes out to the Pelham community for your support again this year!  Too numerous to mention individually…including the schools, churches, service groups, youth groups, media, businesses and individuals…..once again your generosity will go far to help families in need in this wonderful community of Pelham!

Tracy Holmwood, President Board of Directors

Lori Grande
Coordinator, Client Services
Pelham Cares Inc.
T 905-892-5300