(Photo by Tyler Hay)
(Photo by Tyler Hay)

(Photo by Tyler Hay) (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Ladysmith Family and Friends to host fundraising event for ‘It Takes a Village’ program

The Ladysmith Family and Friends Resource program (LaFF) will host an event for its “It Takes a Village” fundraiser on Dec. 10.

Normally the program hosts a breakfast with Santa event, which attracts a large crowd. This year, like last, is a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“This would have been our 18th annual, but because of COVID last year we did the 12 days of Christmas crates instead so that people could take the experience home,” said Jacqueline Neligan, LaFF executive director.

Last year the program provided 250 Christmas crates to families, which included gifts and activities for the 12 days of Christmas.

“This year we are doing a hybrid of that. People can buy tickets and come to Aggie [Hall] on Dec. 10 and we have a day session and an evening session,” Neligan said. The event will run 10 a.m – 12 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m.

It will include different interactive stations, such as a selfie station, spice shack and veggie barn. All proceeds from the annual fundraiser will support the LaFF program.

Tickets cost $80 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. There is also an option to sponsor a family so they can receive a Christmas package. The packages will include items such as blackberry jam made by volunteers and pancake mix from the Old Town Bakery, she said.

“Currently 400–500 families are receiving supports from us and that could look like a wellness package or food from the pantry [or] clothing exchange,” Neligan said. “We have a drive-through service at Aggie Hall Tuesday to Friday and we also meet outside rain or shine Tuesdays and Thursdays outside the Aggie hall.”



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