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With the proceeds from the Family Market, we are once again able to support, The Eat Well to Excel program at the Tottenham Public School, the New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue for Tottenham, Stevenson Memorial Hospital, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Simcoe, the New Tecumseth Public Library for the Pam Kirkpatrick Branch in Tottenham, the Heart and Stroke Foundation towards the purchase of a Defibrallator to be placed in the Tottenham area, Plan Canada, Simcoe Manor, Beeton, and My Sisters Place.
The Family Market continues to distribute cheques to local charities and community organizations.
These outreach efforts, which supported directly by the profits of the Family Market, continue to receive recognition from the local charities we support.
Our Primary Ministries
Our Ministries really define who we are and they provide the focus of parish life. At present we have the following ministries in which, as a congregation, we are actively engaged. Click on each ministry to find out more about that work.
Our Family Market celebrated 20 years of dedication to the community on Oct 13, 2012. Providing clothes and other goods to needy families and then using the revenues to support local charities as mentioned below, the Market has been a mainstay in Tottenham and a source of pride to our Church. The tireless volunteers sorting and manning the counter are led by Cheryl Ritchie and currently include Muriel, Karen, Trisha, Dorothy, Patti, Sherri, Edna, and Marg. Tex, Bill, Chuck, Henk and Sterling all provide the muscle to heft the donated bags of goods up & down stairs. Congratulations and thanks to you all.
As part of our Outreach program, we endeavour to help our community members who may have economic problems by accepting donations of clothing, etc. and then offering them for sale at a very low cost in our twice-weekly Family Market normally open every second Thursday 12 - 1:30 & every Saturday 9:30 - 12:30. (NB.During the summer, the Market is just open Saturdays).
Using our church basement, the Market has become very popular. Its inventory consists of donated clothing, toys, books and various household items. Our normal sales are based on prices at $7 for a plastic bag stuffed to the handles, or $1 for one item, $4 for coats with toys and miscellaneous items priced separately. Occasionally we have a $10 per garbage bag sale
We have free raffles at Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas with crafts and grab bags for the children in the library. The Book Room/Library is still a great success offering all the books for free and videos, games and puzzles at a reasonable price. It has become somewhat of a lending library with customers bringing books back after reading them.
Excess clothing or that not suitable for resale is passed on to other charitable groups. All profits from the sale go towards the church and its Outreach program including grocery certificates for needy families or other emergencies as they happen. Lately our Outreach donations went to the Eat Well to Excel program at the Tottenham Public School, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Simcoe Manor, Canadian Cancer Society (through the Relay for Life), My Sisters Place, The Tottenham Food Bank, The Christmas Hampers, Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, Tottenham Fire Department, New Tecumseth Public Library (for the Tottenham Branch), Plan Canada – we have two children that we sponsor - and ongoing support to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for a defibrillator unit to be used in Tottenham.
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