By Tammy Schneider
That knock you hear at the door on Dec. 7 is likely to be a KDSS Christmas Knight, who will be collecting food and toys for those in need in the community, on behalf of the students from Kincardine District Senior School.
This is the 23rd year for the drive, and the first year the Grade 7 and 8 students will take part. The increase in the number of students attending KDSS is expected to bring the number of volunteers from 100 to 150 students.
The Knights begin the collection at 9 a.m. and will continue going door-to-door until noon. This is the first year they are holding the event on the first Saturday of December, rather than the second Saturday.
All the organizing for the event is taken care of by a committee of students in grades 9 through 12.
Items collected are handed over to the Christmas Hamper program for sorting and distribution. If you would like to contribute but won’t be available the morning of the collection, students advise that you leave your donation on your doorstep, clearly labelled that it is for the Christmas Knights.
Another alternative is to drop off your donation at St. Anthony’s church hall before noon on Dec. 7 or at KDSS on Monday, Dec. 9.
“The Christmas Knights toy and food drive is so significant to the community because it’s a group of young students coming together to create this fantastic event,” said committee member Maia Hinchberger. “(It) helps many families in the community have a wonderful holiday season with all the toys and food that they need to make that happen. “