- The Kugluktuk Christmas Committee, like Santa’s elves, is a whirlwind of activity in preparation for the festive holiday season.
- On December 17, the goal is to provide a full hamper to each household in the community.
The hampers will include a Butterball turkey, a ham, and all other dinner fixings. According to Nadene McMenemy, the primary organizer, it will cost approximately $42,000 to make that a reality for more than 400 families.
In addition, on three consecutive Mondays (Dec. 13, 20, and 27), a “mobile breakfast” will be distributed, providing cereal, milk, fruit, granola, and yogurt to families in need. Another $18,000 is expected to be spent on this.
“That’s a lot of money,” McMenemy said of the $60,000 total. A large bingo was held to raise funds. A Christmas Bazaar is planned for Saturday, as is the annual telethon, which will feature Simon Kuliktana and his band and throat singers and drum dancers, according to McMenemy. Residents were encouraged to make donations by phone.
During the week of December 5, an online auction featuring local contributions such as iPads, sealskin, and muskox products, artwork, and jewelry will be held. On December 18, children will receive a gift from Santa Claus and have their photos taken with him. At that event, Tim Hortons will provide 3,500 Timbits and hot chocolate.
On December 27, there will be a virtual talent show. The next night will be dedicated to virtual jigging. There will also be a movie night, radio trivia, and a cake decorating contest. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has prevented the Christmas gala from taking place for the second year in a row, but fireworks will be held to ring in the new year.
This year’s events are themed “Family Time.”
“Ensuring that everyone can spend time with their families because we had such (Covid-19) restrictions last year and that everyone has a good, hot meal.” “There’s no reason for any household to go hungry, and we make sure of it by spending some quality time together,” McMenemy said. This year’s committee is made up of several volunteers, many of whom are teachers.
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