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Workshop seeks donations

By STAFF WRITER
November 7, 2012 · Updated 1:21 PM
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Sandra Bradley (left), with Re/Max; Holly Malfair, with We Care Home Health Services; and Don Jefcoat, with the North Okanagan Optimists Club, are preparing for the Children’s Christmas Workshop Dec. 8. / Photo submitted

The community’s help is needed to assist children low on cash but big on heart this Christmas.

Donations are being sought for the seventh annual Children’s Christmas Workshop.

The event allows kids from low-income households to purchase gifts for their parents, grandparents, relatives or important adults in their lives. Gifts are priced from five cents to $1.

The event takes place at the People Place Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Children (toddler to teens) who don’t have a lot of money to spend can still enjoy the feeling of giving this Christmas as they pick out gifts for their parents, grandparents and important adults in their lives,” said Sandra Bradley, of Re/Max Vernon, who is putting on the event along with We Care Home Health Services and the North Okanagan Optimist Club.

Gently used knick-knacks, clothing, tools, ornaments, games, jewelry, candles, kitchen gadgets and more are needed for men and ladies.

Therefore the community is asked to check their cupboards and closets for any like-new items to help make the event successful.

With the help of volunteers a store is set up with gifts donated from the community. High school students escort the kids through the store to purchase gifts while mom and dad wait in the kitchen enjoying a cup of coffee and cookies.  The gifts are wrapped and tagged before leaving the store.

“The smile of delight on the children’s faces is a joy to see,” said Bradley. “They are so proud to be able to buy a special gift that they can put under the tree for mom and dad.”

Any money raised is returned back into the community.

“The event is only successful because of the generous donations from the community and the volunteers that help put it together,” said Bradley, adding that a few volunteers get all their co-workers to bring in a gift for the event.  “If your office would like to do the same we will be happy to pick up the items.  It’s a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas.”

The event also needs gift bags, tissue, ribbons and cards. Items left over will be given to other organizations at the end of the day.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

n Re/Max

n We Care Home Health Services

n Ladies World

n The People Place

n Vernon Community Arts Center

n Vantage One Credit Union

n Coldstream Curves

Anyone wishing to volunteer for set up the day prior or wrapping the day of can call Sandra Bradley at 250-549-4161.

High school students are also needed to help the kids pick out gifts.