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Memories are for everyone

Let's not let poverty make this a Christmas some would like to forget

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Nostalgia. It sneaks up on us at the strangest of time, surrounding us with wistful memories and yearnings of days gone by. Days you wish you could live all over again, but alas, are gone forever.

A few weekends ago, I was working on a story at the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, which was to be run the next day in the Free Press. Having finished my interviews, I left the Centre and proceeded across the parking lot to my car, when I stopped in my tracks.

Bathed in the dim parking lot light, I was drenched with nostalgia as I watched two young boys having the time of their lives, playing on a huge snow pile that the plows had built in the corner of the lot earlier that day.

Suddenly, it 1955 again and I was in Central Park with my friends playing king of the castle on the biggest snow pile we could find. Over and over, I'd tumble down the hill, oblivious of the freezing temperature, only to scramble back up to the top and dislodge the scoundrel who had only previously removed me from that perch.

Eventually, we all headed home in the dark, exhausted, with our mitts, jackets, long johns and jeans frozen solid, and perhaps a hint of frostbite on our cheeks. Once home, mom was sure to have something hot and comforting to offset the chill that was within my bones. Later that night I slept like a log, in my own bed warm and secure.

Getting back to the present, there are many young people today who, when they are older, may not be able enjoy wonderful nostalgic memories such as the one I described. For some, just getting from today to tomorrow is a struggle.

Having fun these days costs a lot more money than it did back in 1955.

Sports equipment, registration fees and facility fees all take their toll on the bank account. Mom and dad have to dress their children warmly, provide proper nutrition and make sure the home is warm. Again, the bank account keeps going down.

Often, through no fault of their own, a family is down on its luck. Dad, or mom, may have been laid off, or health matters may prevent them from working. The problems go on and on.

Then comes Christmas. In addition to everything else, now there's presents to buy, a tree to trim, and hopefully some kind of a hot dinner so the family can celebrate together on Dec. 25.

Eventually something has to give, and often it does.

This Christmas, let's all strive to make sure no one goes without. The Spirit of Christmas fund, here at the Winnipeg Free Press, is once again on board with its annual fundraising campaign to help the Cheer Board provide hampers and presents for those in need this year.

A total of 19,088 hampers were distributed by the Cheer Board last Christmas, and they expect to provide close to the same number this year.

"How can I help?" You ask. Well, the Cheer Board accepts donations of cash, toys and non-perishable foods. For more information check out its website at www.christmascheerboard.ca or call 989-5680.

And, as usual cash works fine as well, and here's were the Spirit of Christmas fund comes into play.

Please send donations, in any amount, to The Spirit of Christmas, c/o Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 3B6.

And thank you very much.

 

They have the spirit:

Alice Mitchell $50.00

Graham Bannatyne $200.00

Viola F. Best $50.00

Roberta L. & John Lewis $50.00

Jerry & Ruth Kruk $100.00

In Memory of Jim $150.00

D. & M. Cobb $50.00

Rick & Christine Station $30.00

In Memory of George Little $50.00

Arthur J. Wheeler $50.00

Stuart & Joanne Nicol $50.00

In Memory of Steve Perkins $25.00

Reno Insurance Brokers Ltd. $150.00

Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Chuback $500.00

Barre, Jeffrey & Jonathan Hall $100.00

Margaret Stevenson $300.00

In Memory of Jason Chopp $100.00

In Memory of Georgina Senebald $50.00

Christine & Neil $30.00

Mr. & Mrs. M. J. Pineau $50.00

W. & S. McLean $50.00

Doreen Helgason $25.00

Gordon & Millie Mills $50.00

Coughlin & Associates Ltd. $250.00

In Memory of Mary Chappell $100.00

In Memory of Ann & Pete Lysy & $125.00

Charles Allard

In Memory of Charles Allard $25.00

Mervin & Betty Moknowed $200.00

In Memory of Kristen Holland $10.00

In Memory of Trevor & Maisie Morgan $25.00

Anne Erkelens $50.00

Marilyn Bruce $100.00

In Memory of B. D. (Buck) & Eva Hay $200.00

Kent Morgan $25.00

George Lintick $125.00

In Memory of Elizabeth Scaife $100.00

Margaret R. Mills $25.00

In Memory of Neil Boughton $50.00

Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Horn $50.00

Just Believe World $44.00

Kay Schalme $30.00

Colorado Estates Tenants Assn. $100.00

V. F. McKenzie $75.00

In Memory of David Crawford $100.00

Betty L. Nesbitt $50.00

Nancy Cullen $100.00

St. Anne Council #10551 $100.00

Rick Phillips $50.00

Ted & Jean Dupley $50.00

In Memory of

Charles N. Morrison $200.00

In Memory of John

& Mary Golovitch $100.00

In Memory of Rennie

& Angie Stopchycki $100.00

Ron Golovitch $100.00

In Memory of Adam & Gary Ruff $25.00

In Memory of Adam & Gary Ruff $25.00

In Memory of Frederick, $50.00

Effie, Mark, Shoemaker

In Memory of Jim A. J. Burkett $50.00

In Memory of

Frank & Polly Chervinski $25.00

RR5 Unit - HSC $100.66

Burnett Konsmo $20.00

n Memory of Bob & Edith Turner $25.00

In Memory of Frank & Eileen Jones $25.00

In Memory of Grant Holmes $100.00

Leonard Kletke $30.00

In Memory of A. R. Winser $100.00

Janet E. Nicholson $50.00

In Memory of Lil Stevens $25.00

Bob & Helen Fraser $50.00

Robert & Eila Gill $100.00

Isny Gallimore $35.00

In Memory of Bud, Mom & Dad $300.00

W. J. & A. West $100.00

In Memory of

Cyril & Mary Mae Martin $50.00

Pat Nosworthy $50.00

In Memory of Dad Kork $25.00

Harry & Florence Hill $100.00

Shirley I. Mercer $50.00

D. Berzuk $100.00

In Memory of

Richard Randall Oliver $25.00

In Memory of Daniel Joseph Szun $25.00

Betty L. Dyck $100.00

Edward & Anne Faseruk $30.00

In Memory of Wilf Bischoff $100.00

Jeanne Mazur $25.00

John B. Missler $100.00

Brian Elwood $50.00

In Memory of George Proctor $30.00

Mr. & Mrs. William Wiesner $50.00

In Memory of Nell Drake $100.00

Gwen E. Hodgson $250.00

Bryce & Brenda Simes $100.00

William & Claudia Senkiw $500.00

In Memory of Ron Clubine, $500.00

Connie & John Clubine, Peggy & Arnold Geith In Memory

of Dan Middleton, $500.00

Susan & Neil Dyck, Garth Burns, Marge Smith

Cam & Maxine Brown $100.00

Khartum Ladies' Auxiliary $290.00

MB. Hockey Hall of Fame

& Museum Ltd. $100.00

Anonymous (four donations) $385.00

 

Previous Total $13,213.00

Today's Total $ 9,889.66

Grand Total $23,102.66

allan.besson@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2010 C4

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