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Published on December 11, 2013

The Windsor United Church Choir was one of the many talented youth groups to perform for the Christmas Angels.

Published on December 11, 2013

Matt Anderson, a Canadian blues guitarist and award-winning singer-songwriter, drew a crowd to the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre Dec. 1 for the Christmas Angels telethon.

Published on December 11, 2013

The West Hants Jazz Band showcased their skills during the Christmas Angels live broadcast Dec. 1.

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Radio personality Amanda Misner jokes around with Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley during the Christmas Angels broadcast. A variety of local celebrities and dignitaries volunteered to appear on air throughout the eight-hour fundraising show.

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Performers of all ages took to the Christmas Angels stage to help raise money so local children can have a fulfilling Christmas.

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Host Erin Sullivan tells Jayma Porter how the community has watched her grow up over the years as she is a returning volunteer to the Christmas Angels show.

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Jayma Porter and her older sister Erica, on the piano, performed during the Christmas Angels showcase Dec. 1.

Published on December 11, 2013

Kamryn Walsh, 5, from Hantsport, volunteered her time to walk from Hantsport to Windsor with firefighter Tyler Saulnier, pictured here, and the Hantsport Fire Department. The walk helped raise $2,005 for the Christmas Angels.

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Firefighter Kyle Benedict, far left with Titus the dog, Capt. Bill Hazel, and firefighter Josh McAndrew helped solicit donations in downtown Windsor for Christmas Angels on Sunday, Dec. 1. They were part of the group of firefighters that walked from Hantsport to Windsor.

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The coveted Dr. Garth Vaughan Seagull Sou’Wester was worn by many volunteers throughout the 2013 Christmas Angels telethon, including former East Hants warden John Patterson who helped read the pledges on air.

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Windsor’s singing barber, Merle Jacklyn, performed a country Christmas favourite to begin his performance.

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Hantsport firefighters arrived en masse after walking from the Haven of Hospitality to Windsor in an effort to raise funds for the Christmas Angels. The members raised $2,005.

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Eastlink’s Erin Sullivan meets with members of the Hantsport Fire Department who walked from Hantsport to Windsor in hopes of raising money for Christmas Angels. The group was once again successful in their endeavours, bringing in $2,005.

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The Christmas Angels telethon brought together some of the region’s talented youths and adults in a combined effort to spread some holiday cheer.

Published on December 11, 2013

Several members of the Brooklyn Fire Department took a minute to warm up with hot coffee supplied by the gas station in Garlands Crossing Dec. 1. From the left are Stephen Nunn, Kyle Bernard, Dustin Moore, Dwayne Walsh, Cody Marsters, and Lori McDade. They were part of a group of firefighters that walked from Brooklyn to Windsor to raise money for the Christmas Angels.

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Firefighter Nathan Tamsett, with the Brooklyn Fire Department, accepted donations from generous motorists in Garlands Crossing December 1. He was just one of many who took the time to help the Christmas Angels raise money for the holidays.

The Hants County Christmas Angels Society will be giving the gift of Christmas to at least 170 local families this year.

And it’s all thanks to the generosity of the general public.

Community donors supported the 37th annual Hants County Christmas Angels Telethon to the tune of nearly $23,000.

Karen Embanks, president of the Christmas Angels society, says it’s been a tough fundraising season for many non-profits but the Christmas Angels will still be able to fulfill their mandate this year.

“We’re happy with the total,” she said.

“It wasn’t our goal but there’s still enough money there to help kids and families in Hants County.”

The telethon, hosted Dec. 1 in the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre in Windsor, featured musical performances by Hal Bruce, Matt Andersen, The Hupman Brothers, TJ King and several local acts of all ages.

“It was so nice to see not only the young people of Hants County performing at the show but also volunteering their time to make the show a success,” said Embanks.

Ernie's Excavating & Septic Service, of Three Mile Plains, bid $1,600 for a year with the coveted Dr. Garth Vaughan Seagull Sou'Wester, a felt hat that has sparked many bidding wars between local businesses in telethons past. A Liz Robinson painting also went home with the winner of the Sou’Wester.

Embanks says the Christmas Angels have also matched 10 “humble, hard working” families with Wishbook donors that will directly supply them with gifts, Christmas dinner and wrapping supplies for each family member.

“We ask the community to encourage anyone they know of, that is struggling to provide Christmas for their family, to come forward. We can help your children have a brighter Christmas.”

Christmas Angels co-ordinator Dora Dorman can be reached at (902) 792-1948.

 

 

Organizations: Hants County Christmas Angels Society, TJ King, Excavating Septic Service

Geographic location: Hants County, Windsor

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