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Waterloo County Steam Threshers

     The Ontario Christian Gleaners, a faith-based organization providing dried soup mix to feed the hungry around the world, today welcomed representatives of the Steam Threshers to their facility on Morrison Road for a tour of the facility and to present the Gleaners with a cheque for $6129.83.

     The Reunion Steam Show was held in Wallenstein in August to showcase steam engines and antique farm equipment and to “raise funds to meet the great needs of the less fortunate people at home and abroad.”  The two charities chosen this year to receive the proceeds from the event were the Ontario Christian Gleaners and the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association.

     Elaine Merkus, assistant manager, thanked the Steam Threshers for choosing the Gleaners and assured them the money will be well used to continue reaching even more needy people around the world.

A Christmas Gift That Keeps On Giving - November 2012

    As the temperatures outside begin to get a little cooler and the days a little shorter, thoughts turn to Christmas.  We think about hanging the coloured lights, decking the tree and baking those special desserts and cookies that seem to disappear so quickly only to reappear around our waistlines.  Many also look forward, some with a certain degree of dread, to the crowded malls and stores that greet us as we try to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list.

    This year, Ontario Christian Gleaners, a local not for profit charity, is creating an International Marketplace - an opportunity for area residents to purchase a variety of unique gifts from throughout the developing world.  On Saturday, November 17 from 10 am to 4pm, Ontario Gleaners opens their doors to over 25 mission organizations who will display the work of artisans from many parts of the world.  Items for sale will include carvings, paintings, handbags, scarves, jewellery and much more.  All will feature the distinct cultural flavour of the nation from which they come. All funds raised will go directly to providing help to the needy in those countries. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to relax in our cafe, where coffee, tea and delicious desserts will be served.

    "We are delighted to support the work of these organizations who are making a significant difference for the most needy in our world," says event organizer Elaine Merkus.  "All of the funds raised will go directly to supporting the poor in those countries. The participating organizations will also be available to answer questions and provide information for shoppers to find out more about the great work that is being done in the respective countries," said Merkus.

   The organizations involved in relief work are deeply concerned with sustainable development - meeting the present needs of the developing world while also providing opportunity for future generations to meet their own needs.  By offering skills training and business consultation, many agencies are able to help in establishing local small businesses that will provide income for families and an escape from the cycle of poverty.  The International Marketplace is intended to highlight this work and provide the community with an opportunity to participate.

    Ontario Christian Gleaners is a non denominational charity that produces a dehydrated soup mix by utilizing produce that has been deemed unusable for the North American retail market.  Each weekday morning, an average of 60 volunteers trim approximately 4000-7000 pounds of fresh produce.  This represents the ingredients for 30,000 servings of soup produced each day. The soup mix is donated to reputable relief and mission organizations that have the necessary infrastructure in place to distribute the product to the hungry in nations around the world.  Since its inception four years ago, OCG has shipped over 17 million servings of soup to 34 nations around the world.

    Ontario Christian Gleaners is located at 1550 Morrison Road in Cambridge.  For further details call 519.624.8245 or go to

Cheque presentation by the Waterloo County Steam Threshers

Some of the many items available at the International Marketplace
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