Vermillion women spread Christmas Cheer Luanne Ouellette, secretary of the Civic Council, pours a big scoop of peanuts onto one of 230 Cheer Plates distributed Saturday by the Vermillion Civic Council board. The board is made up of individuals from 24 women's organizations in the Vermillion community. by David Lias The Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Vermillion bore a striking resemblance to Santa's workshop Friday.
There was all sorts of activity as women who serve on the Vermillion Civic Council board of directors scurried from one long table to another.
Their goal: To spread a little Christmas cheer.
It doesn't require a purchase of the latest gift from a department store.
In fact, the gifts provided the ladies to families and individuals this weekend couldn't get more traditional.
Spread out on several long tables in the VFW hall were row after row of plates � the foundation of these special gifts.
On each plate, the ladies placed a few pieces of fruit, a big scoop of peanuts, and some Christmas candy.
To top off each gift, they included treats they baked themselves ranging from Christmas cookies to fudge.
Mary Merrigan, president of the Civic Council, walked around each table with accompanied by a large box of peanuts.
She dug into the box with a scoop and poured a generous helping of the treats onto each plate.
Other ladies inspected their work for one last time before they were boxed up for delivery to local individuals Saturday.
Each plate had to be just right.
"This is just to bring some cheer to people here in town," Merrigan said. "That's why we call them cheer plates � we just want to bring a little more cheer to some people's Christmas."