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Laid-off Hornepayne, Ont. families to receive Christmas dinner baskets

People in Hornepayne are pulling together to make sure everyone is well fed this Christmas.
When one Hornepayne, Ont. resident heard the lumber mill in her community was temporarily laying off workers she felt compelled to do something. Amanda Drury is hoping to put together Christmas baskets that include a turkey dinner, for about 120 families. (Jeff Walters/CBC)
Christmas dinner for 120 families. Amanda Drury is a Hornepayne woman who is hoping to put a Christmas basket together following the layoffs at the lumber mill in the town. 5:06

People in Hornepayne are pulling together to make sure everyone is well fed this Christmas.

Nearly half of the workforce in Hornepayne is without a job and there are concerns the layoff announced at the lumber mill almost two weeks ago could become permanent.

But a campaign is underway to raise money and collect food to make hampers so that every family in the community has a Christmas dinner.

One of the organizers, Amanda Drury, says everyone was feeling helpless in the situation.

"There really wasn't anything set up at that point. So we we just said, 'What can we do that would help?' And we thought that providing this dinner for everyone would ... send a message to them that we care and that we're here for them," she said.

Drury said people in nearby communities such as Hearst, White River and Wawa are also reaching out, to see if they can help.

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