Christmas carolling to the beat

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - When Bridget Bentley heard an inviting chant at her door, she knew Christmas had come early.

Instead of a quartet singing a traditional holiday song in acapella, dozens of dancing carollers performed in her driveway. It was Zumba with Christal's annual Christmas carol drive with a salsa twist in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall & District.

"I was watching the news and outside my door were dancing carollers," said Bentley. "I was glad to donate. When you have children it touches your heart more."

On Dec. 13, Christal Huizinga met her Zumba students and Megan Thomlinson, Big Brothers Big Sisters caseworker, at the parking lot of Blessed Sacrament Church on Tollgate Road East with a big surprise for the neighbourhood.  

"I've never seen a fundraising effort like this before," said Bentley. "It makes you want to show support even more."

Thomlinson said the donations will help Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit organization, run their seven mentoring programs.

"We do this every year. There's tons of energy, so people feel the Christmas spirit wilth us," said Huizinga.

Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery (81 Tolegate Road West) sponsored the feisty version of holiday carolling with free hot chocolate and opened their establishment to all participants looking for a bit of warmth.

To find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall & District, visit

Organizations: Tim Hortons, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Blessed Sacrament Church

Geographic location: Cornwall District, Tollgate Road East

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