Farm workers get help to celebrate Christmas away from home
Since the original post asking for donations, nearly 200 winter boots and coats, new or lightly used, have been donated. Clothes and blankets also came in, too.
Donations of Christmas decorations, Christmas meal items and gift cards began coming in, too.
At Schuyler Farms, 15 Christmas trees and boxes of decorations were donated. A decorating contest was held among the bunkhouses.
“For Norfolk County, the important thing to recognize is that when these men and women came here at the beginning of this already hard time, there was a lot of finger pointing and unwelcome,” she said. “People in the stores were pointing a finger and telling them, ‘You’re not welcome here, go back to your bunkhouse.’
David Macleod, a music event organizer and founder of Flourish Norfolk, saw the need to help and reached out to Arnal, She identified a need to raise money to create a full Christmas dinner for the farm workers.
So, Macleod created a Go Fund Me with a goal of $1,500. As of Monday, $2,500 was raised.
Gift cards purchased for workers can be dropped off to Arnal. She can be contacted on Facebook through the profile Leanne Jackson Arnal or by email at email@example.com. She will distribute the cards among local farms. Gift cards to grocery stores and pharmacies are appreciated