The Carlington Summit
by Jocelyne D'Aoust.

Did you hear that Santa Claus was at a parade in downtown Ottawa, in Nepean and in Kanata last November 20th? Well, I am happy to tell you that “Santa's Spirit” was right here in Carlington on that day, for the 13th Annual Carlington Food Drive.

That spirit was found in the enthusiasm and effort of 80 volunteers and in the caring and generous nature of members of the community. We did it again Carlington! Not only did we reach our $10,000 goal but we also demonstrated that we can make a difference.

Thanks to the usual dedication and teamwork of so many people, the food drive was a great success. Approximately 4,500 items (from canned milk to peanut butter), bags of clothing (mitts, hats, snow suits, etc.), toys, as well as cash donations were collected for the Caldwell Family Centre. Someone actually donated 500 “reconditioned” stuffed animals!

There are so many individuals and groups of people who make this annual drive a reality that it would be impossible to thank everyone individually. Special kudos to the following:

All Carlington residents who open their door with a smile and words of encouragement, have items ready for pick-up or take them to a drop-off centre. It never fails to amaze me that some donors thank the volunteers for giving them the opportunity to contribute.

As in any other great project, the support of local business always enhances the results. Special thanks to the following:

For further information on the Carlington Food Drive, please call me, Jocelyne D'Aoust, sales representative, Coldwell Banker Coburn Realty and Carlington resident, at 729-2009.