Beginning to look like Christmas

Community Featured

The Pictou County Christmas Fund organizing committee is at it again — working to raise funds that will provide a Christmas dinner to families in need this holiday.

As it has done since the mid-1950s, the committee organizes a telethon featuring many talented members of the community. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou.

Most of the committee members have been a part of the event, in one way or another, for many years. Monique Sobey chairs the committee and has been a part of it for 14 years. Debbie VanSickle, past board chair, has been working behind the scenes for more than two decades.

“The PCCF telethon is the beginning of the Christmas season for me,” Sobey said. “The residents and business communities in Pictou County are very generous in helping the Christmas fund collect and distribute funds for people who need assistance with food over the holiday season.”

VanSickle said, “As a volunteer with this organization for over 25 years, it always warms my heart when I see the donations rolling in each year. Everyone deserves to have a Christmas dinner and our community is always there to assist.”

She encourages everyone to come to the deCoste Centre to enjoy the show on Nov. 24.

Ann MacGregor has been a board member for 17 years and currently heads the Entertainment Committee. She says, “We feel so blessed that each and every year we’re able to fill the stage at the deCoste with wonderful live performances throughout the day by entertainers from Pictou County and beyond. We can’t thank them enough for donating their time and talent to make the show a festive filled fun event to watch! We are extremely grateful for all the volunteers working together on and off the stage to make the telethon happen to help raise funds for local families in need over the Christmas holidays.”

Anyone looking to register to receive assistance this year can do so in New Glasgow on November 13, 14 and 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summer Street Industries, or in Pictou on November 14 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Hall.

Disbursement dates in New Glasgow are December 11 and 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summer Street and in Pictou on December 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Hall.

Last year, the telethon set a goal of $80,000 and succeeded in raising more than $87,000 in pledges, all of which goes towards helping local families in need enjoy a Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings. This year’s goal is the same and organizers are hoping it is as successful as the 2018 edition.

Watch this year’s telethon on East Link TV channel 10, drop by the deCoste Centre in person, or listen online thanks to Lucas Technology & Analytics. There will be an audio streaming link made available on and on the Pictou County Christmas Telethon Facebook page.

Last year, the fund was able to help more than 1,400 local families by providing a Christmas dinner.

Pledges can be honoured at The Advocate office, Atlantic Insurance on Provost Street in New Glasgow, or any bank or credit union in the county.

Busy planning for this year’s Pictou County Christmas Fund telethon are board members, from the left, front row: Debbie VanSickle, chair Monique Sobey, Tiffany Green and Brenda MacNutt. Back: Corbin Parent and Ann MacGregor. (Jardine photo)