Important Facts about Coffee Break
If there’s one thing Vicki Cannon wants you to know about Coffee Break fundraisers, it’s this: “Well, it’s so easy, for heaven’s sakes!”
Vicki knows this better than most. She held a Coffee Break at her home five years ago, and has hosted a fundraiser at her church each year since.
Vicki’s church offers coffee after services, and she jumped at the opportunity to bring the community together while raising money for a good cause.
She puts out treats, a donation box and information about the Alzheimer Society. With her church already providing coffee after the service and the Alzheimer Society providing the fundraising materials, she thought the least she could do was bring some people together.
"I have the means and the want to be able to do something like that," she says.
The local Tim Hortons normally sponsors Coffee Breaks, contributing coffee packets for the fundraiser and a small gift for each host.
The enthusiastic response Vicki has received has made hosting Coffee Breaks a rewarding experience.
Vicki says people understand the importance of raising money for the Alzheimer Society because many have been touched by the disease. On the same weekend she hosts her fundraiser, a friend who lost her husband to Alzheimer’s disease also hosts a Coffee Break at the church’s Christmas bazaar.
The cause is deeply personal for Vicki as well.
“I’ve had four members of my family that have passed away from Alzheimer’s disease and it was very near and dear to my heart,” she says. “I saw my uncle struggling for many years to try and keep my aunt at home, and that’s when I became personally involved as a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society.”
As a long-time volunteer, Vicki also wants future Coffee Break hosts and attendees to know their dollars stay in Oxford County – and they do make a difference.
“I see where the money goes and the programs that they offer, and I can experience first-hand how important it is for all these dollars to be raised for sure.”
As long as the need is there, Vicki plans to keep hosting her annual Coffee Break. She hopes others will do the same.
If you’re looking for a chance to do some good while sipping a hot brew, the Christmas bazaar and post-church Coffee Breaks will be held on Nov. 4 and 5 at Old Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in Woodstock.