Boxing Day breakfast most important meal for Kidney Foundation

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By Christopher Gooding
The Record
SPRINGHILL - It will be 10 years ago this month the Springhill Oxford and Area Kidney Foundation served up its first Boxing Day breakfast, an event that brings local producers and businesses together to raise money that assists those affected by kidney disease.
Beginning the morning of Dec. 26, volunteers prep and serve a breakfast feast supplied by area businesses at the Lamp Cabin Dining Room and Lounge until 11:30 a.m. and then live entertainment takes over the remainder of the day and well into the evening. Last year the event brought in $5,100 and their best year so far saw $6,000 going into the foundations assistance fund.
"We've made over $40,000 overall from the breakfast," Don Blair says. "We feed more than 400 people every year and then accept donations for the rest of the day."
The proceeds are used to assist the dialysis unit at the All Saints Hospital and those affected by kidney disease, including assisting with travel costs to other hospitals, Blair says. With a small volunteer base, the breakfast is a pivotal moneymaker for the foundation, which assists patients in Springhill, Oxford, and surrounding areas, from Wallace to Advocate.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the event by the foundation is always on the hunt for new members.
"Given the number of people affected by this disease, we need to recruit," Allen Dill, a member of the Kidney Foundation, said. "Members are aging and getting burned out. We need to recruit and mentor new members."
No money from the foundation is used to put on the breakfast and the menu is made up entirely of donations. Anything remaining afterwards is donated to the Springhill Salvation Army food bank.

Organizations: Kidney Foundation, All Saints Hospital, Springhill Salvation Army

Geographic location: Oxford

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