Neither sleet, nor snow, nor any mean Grinch was going to steal Christmas from children in Whitby this holiday season.
Staff and patrons of Hunter’s Horn Pub were so determined to deliver cheer after a miserly robbery, they tripled their donations and braved a blustering snowstorm to hold a planned Yule party for 32 disadvantaged youngsters yesterday.
After hearing the sad tale of burglars pinching the nickel-and-dime donation jug that was holding upwards of $8,000 for the annual party, there was an outpouring of generosity from the community to ensure the event would go ahead.
Children, aged three to 14, and their families were each showered with a buffet lunch, turkey from Sobeys, four gifts, a stocking, a stuffed animal and a brand new bike — donated by the Police Retirees of Ontario.
The pub was filled with 29 delighted children who were awed by a three-foot-high pile of gifts and Santa’s jingling bells. "It was a terrible thing that happened, but so much good has come out of it," manager Carol Preston said.