Cottam Rotary: Photo by Nicole Tallent
Miracle Day on June 27, 2021, was another huge success. It’s been a very long year of dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, financial setbacks, health issues, and personal challenges.
Residents have once again heeded the call and went out of their way to help their neighbours and support their community. Thousands of residents made donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, pet food and more.
Amanda Clark of Cottam: Photo by Nicole Tallent
These items were collected by volunteers who went door-to-door picking them up from porches and drop-off locations. Many more volunteers worked tirelessly in the heat to check best-before dates and to sort items for efficient distribution.
The Kingsville & Gosfield South Goodfellows Club were on hand to collect items to fill their Christmas hampers.
Kingsville Fire Dept: Photo by Nicole Tallent
The local Society of St. Vincent de Paul picked up boxes of food to stock their shelves. The Kingsville Community Food Bank will be picking up items that will keep their pantry full to better serve our community in the months to come.
In Kingsville, hundreds of volunteers mobilized to promote the event, and to collect and sort donations. Amazing, dedicated individuals, families, and groups including Rotary Club of Cottam and the Kingsville Fire Department played a crucial role in making the miracle happen.
Volunteers on their way: Photo by Kim DeYong
The event was also supported by donations of boxes by the Pelee Island Winery, Jamieson and Highbury Canco. Their boxes allowed for much easier and more convenient packaging, transporting, and storing of collected items.
Kendrick Funeral Home, Trinity Anglican Church, Raymont’s Berries, and the Town of Kingsville dedicated space as drop-off locations.
Luca Gualtieri: Photo by Kim DeYong
Carts required to unload, sort and move donations were provided by Truax Lumber, FreshCo and Zehrs. Allegra provided promotional posters. Sun-Brite Foods made a generous food donation.
Organizers did an incredible job of learning from last year’s experience to really target the needs of the extended Kingsville community and ensure donations benefit our local population.
A happy volunteer: Photo by Kim DeYong
Stay tuned for more information on additional availability of food boxes.
The positivity of this event, which included everyone from children to seniors, was echoed by everyone involved. It was incredibly rewarding to once again be part of this grassroots event and I look forward to continued involvement as this event evolves in the years to come.
Lynessa Augustine, David West, Lori West, Blake Augustine: Photo by Kim DeYong
Thank you, Kingsville, for your extraordinary demonstration of volunteerism and community spirit. This effort raised the level of food security in our area, helped local community groups fulfill their mission, and brought like-minded people together in a COVID-safe way to show their caring and support.
Ashley and Blain Dutot: Photo by Sherri Dutot
All of Kingsville extends special thanks to my fellow June 27 Miracle 2021 Captains Team:
Meaghan Bolton, Melissa Bondy, Steve Bondy, Mindy Colenutt, Kimberly DeYong, Janice Durocher, Robert Meyers, Jennifer Segave and Carol Sitler.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to another Kingsville Miracle!