The very popular Dinner at Your Door that many people remember as a Southwest Cougar hockey fundraiser is back, this time it’s being convened by the Souris Cooperative Daycare. This is a new fundraiser for most of the families that use the facility but what many people don’t know or remember, it started out as a Souris Daycare fundraiser back in the early nineties. “This began with the Daycare and we ran it from about 1990 to 1995,” explained Daycare board member Brenda Morris. “It was very popular with the community but it went in a cycle and eventually we gave it up.”
Morris says that after the Daycare gave up the fundraiser, she used her connections with the Cougars to continue it through them. The Cougars found the event very lucrative and they organized it for more than twenty years before a lack of local players made it impossible to convene. The current Daycare board saw an opportunity and have run with the idea. “We hope to have a really good response to Dinner at Your Door,” Morris said. “In its heyday we were turning out 500 meals and this time we are getting enough for for 600 people.”
There have been several large donations to the project. Newdale Hutterite Colony is donating and cooking all the meat and Prairie Rose Meats is cooking all of the potatoes for the dinner. The balance of the food is being donated by the Daycare families who are also the volunteers doing the work. Faith Community Baptist Church has donated the facility where the meals will be prepared and packaged. People who are sitting in for the meal will also do so at the church.
The Daycare is hoping to raise about $8000 at Dinner at Your Door. This will go a long way towards helping get the current financial situation under control.
According to Morris this has been an extremely busy year at the centre but they have come so far since realizing that there was a financial crisis and shortfall of $136,000. They have managed to fundraise and have received donations that have allowed them to pay off the contractor’s bill for renovations but they still owe a line of credit. “We are working hard and we will whittle away at that over the next several years,” explained Morris.
Morris is quick to point out that they would not have been able to accomplish their financial goals without the community’s support, their volunteer bookkeeper, dedicated members, and hard working staff for which they are ever grateful.
Tackling the financial needs was one major hurdle but that work doesn’t stop there. That’s why fundraisers like Dinner at Your Door are so important. “We plans to purchase items such as new sleeping mats, tables and chairs, shade shelter for the playground, and ceiling fans to help move air,” explained Morris. “This will be over the next few years but for now we are focussing on purchasing toys and supplies for Nursery School, Before and After School, Infant and Pre-school programs. So many of these things have been put on hold for so long to enable us to concentrate on operations, that it is now time to work on getting these things updated. The children are the real reason we are here and we need to be able to provide for them in a way that they can be the most successful little people possible!”
Dinner at Your Door will be held November 11 and feature roast beef, potatoes, gravy, vegetables and dessert. As the name indicates, guests buy tickets ahead of time and volunteers cook, package and delivery a full course meal right to your door between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. For those individuals who would rather sit down and eat, they are welcome to go to the Fellowship Baptist Church for a sit down meal between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the home cooked meal are just 15.00 and are available at Pembina Co-op, Crescent Financial, Whitfield Drugs, and the Plaindealer. You may call Brenda at 204-483-2170 or Karyn at 204-741-0196. Tickets are on sale until November 8. In addition, the Daycare volunteers will be canvassing the community between 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24 so you can expect to see someone at your door!