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"Moi, quand j'entends réfugié, j'entends: « Humain en détresse  ». Nothing less."

That's what one knitter wrote on the "25 000 tuques" Facebook page. "When I hear ‘refugee,' I hear ‘Human in distress.' Nothing less."

The new page began on November 18 with the words, loosely translated, "I had an idea (and I'm ready to manage it...). With a group of friends, we propose to knit tuques (beautiful, warm ones), and to give them to an organization that will be welcoming refugees." Each knitter is asked to attach a short note of welcome to the inside of the tuque. Volunteers welcome !

25,000 Tuques is a grassroots project with the goal of giving a hand-knit tuque to each of the Syrian refugees that will soon be coming to Canada. Imagine !

"Yes, it's pretty symbolic and it's based on when we put a tuque on a newborn baby but it's also because we want a better fabric for our society, one that is tightly knitted together," the 25 000 tuques Facebook says in English. "It's our very own small way of welcoming them and making a direct and humane connection."

Are you a knitter who would like to help welcome these victims of war? Heather Thomson at Bishop's University has agreed to collect the knitted tuques in our area. Her office is in the Marjorie Donald Building, Room 213, on the hallway above the bookstore. More info:

Calling all knitters and other volunteers - come take a bow! International Volunteer Day is Saturday, December 5. Pause a moment to thank all the many volunteers around us who contribute their time and talents from their heart. Our world is changing, constantly. Volunteers help change it for the better.

The CAB, Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François, is a volunteer action centre with a new creative action: A new partnership with IGA-Cookshire to create and deliver frozen meals to seniors. "We have a beautiful complicity," says France Lebrun, the CAB's executive director. "Both of us want to contribute to well-being of the community. The IGA is making a generous contribution of their personnel to concoct the meals for us."

Just a few minutes in the microwave or oven, and that frozen meal will become a hot one. And for only $5 for the main course, $1 for soup, and $1 for dessert. The meals can be ordered 8 or 10 at a time. Lebrun promises surprises and variety for the menus. If you'd like to order a gift certificate for a senior you know, contact the CAB at 819-560-8540, option 9 (English).

A Christmas Tea for elders in Newport is planned for December 3, at 1:30 p.m., in the municipal hall at 1452 Route 212 in Island Brook. Here's your invitation to a spot of tea, reminiscences about the good old days, and hearing about plans for 2016.

Another home-grown play from the Eaton Corner Museum ! Heads up for February 13, when a cast of 25 local actors will perform a play called: "Where we call home." It is set in Eaton Corner and covers the century of 1847 to 1945. "This is the third play this group has presented, and they get better every time!" says Jackie Hyman, the Museum's secretary. Tickets will be on sale in December, in time for Christmas giving. Details to come.

"Decorate the Christmas Tree and Dance" is a party for all ages at the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. Children will decorate the tree with help from adults. "Even though Santa is not able to join us, a couple of elves have been recruited and there will be gift bags for everyone 12 years and under," says Sharon Moore, the Centre's secretary.

The Drew Family and Todd Aiken are contributing dance music. "Young and adults will learn some of the old-time dances with Jim Naylor," Moore says. "Come along for a fun time. It will be a potluck lunch but we ask you to please refrain from bringing food containing peanuts. A free-will donation at the door will help support the Bulwer Community Center. Info: 819-889-2608.

Messy Church: Starring the Story of Moses - Freedom, Hope and Courage, Messy Church is on Wednesday, December 2, at 5:15 p.m. at the St. Paul's Anglican Church in Bury. It is for all ages, but especially for families with young children. It's co-hosted by the Anglican and United churches in the Haut-Saint-François, with story-teller Lynn Dillabough, worship leader Tami Spires, and chef Violet Lister. Dinner is provided free. To have your place at the table, register in advance by calling 819-884-1203 or 819-239-6902. All are welcome.

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's in Bury and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's in Cookshire. "Let's Go See the Baby" is an intergenerational, interactive Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 2 p.m. in Bury. Young children and toddlers are especially welcome, and will be given costumes. In Cookshire at 4 p.m. is a traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service and Holy Eucharist. Info: 819-239-6902.

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French. On December 20, Brian Murphey will be guest speaker. Plan ahead for a Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 7 p.m. Info: 819-239-8818.

United: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire and 11 a.m. in Sawyerville. December 6 is White Gift Sunday; bring non-perishable food items for the ETSB Christmas Baskets. A Blue Christmas Service is in Sawyerville on December 22 at 2 p.m., and a Christmas Eve Service is in Cookshire on December 24, at 2 p.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message or leave one).

Do you have news to share ? Call 819-300-2374 or email by December 7 for publication December 22 and by January 4 for January 13.

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