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Sunday, February 5, 2023
Button Blitz collects donations to cover Christmas Parade costs
Dan Djakalovic, Carol Dyck and John Strecker share smiles as Dyck purchases her yearly parade button. Julia Sacco

Santa’s helpers were out and about Saturday collecting donations for the annual NOTL Christmas Parade.

Volunteers Terry Choules and Phil Brunt took charge at Phil’s Independent Grocer, while Dan Djakalovic and John Streker greeted customers at Penner’s Home Hardware.

“It’s nice to have (the parade) back after three years,” said Brunt. 

The keepsake buttons, which are being sold for donations of $3, will help defray parade costs, including paying for marching bands and funding a brand-new float for Santa. 

In past years, button sales have raised nearly $5,000 toward parade costs, and this year volunteers are aiming for $6,000.

“We’re asking for $3 but most people are giving us five,” said Streker. “It’s going to be a successful year.”

Parade day is Saturday, Dec. 10.

NOTLer Carol Dyck was happy to buy a button this year, remarking on the new design.

“I hang them on my tree every year,” she said. 

Strecker urged parade-goers to bring some spare cash with them, as button sales will continue along Santa’s route.

“If they could bring a few coins with them to the parade, that would be great.”

Until then, donation boxes will be placed at the Avondale store on Mary Street, Bricks & Barley, Sweets & Swirls in the community centre, the Grist, Hendricks Independent Grocer, the Sandtrap, Starbucks in Old Town and Virgil, and at the Tim Hortons in Virgil.

 

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