Sandra Bradley

Sandra Bradley

A decade of giving shared

The Gift House Children’s Christmas Workshop is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year

The Gift House Children’s Christmas Workshop is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

It’s a place that children (toddlers 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. For kids who are short on change and big in heart.

This year’s event will be held on Dec. 12,  at The People Place.

Business owners or a generous person who wants to give a little more at this special time of year, is asked to consider The Gift House.

They are in need of donations, and happy to receive men’s and ladies gifts.

“This is a great chance to re-gift (must be new)alternatively, if you don’t have items to re-gift, we will also gladly accept cash as our elves know exactly the items we need from year to year,” said Sandra Bradley, Re/Max Vernon and The Gift House founder.

It is requested that any cash donations be arranged by Dec. 4, contact Jennifer Strachan at jen.aspire@live.ca if you are interested, and they will arrange an elf to stop by your business, and take a photo of your donation for Facebook.

Think of an item that you would have liked to give your mom or dad when you were a child.  Items that have gone quickly in the past are tools, ornaments, wallets, small sports items, games, jewelry, candles and spa items, designer scarves, gloves, kitchen gadgets, giftware, cards and games.

The Gift House is also in need of gift bags and tissue paper for wrapping.

The event is only successful because of the generous donations from the community and the volunteers that help put it together.

In the past offices have gathered their co-workers together and had a potluck lunch where they bring in a gift for the event.

Companies interested in organizing a donation can have them picked up by Gift House volunteers.

Bradley, with the help of We Care Home Health Services, North Okanagan Optimist Club & Preceptor Alpha Epsilon will set up a store 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 then wrapped and tagged before leaving the store.

Volunteers look forward to the smiles of delight on the children’s faces as they proudly buy special gifts that they can put under the tree for mom and dad. Gifts range in price from five cents to a basket of gifts for $1.

The Gift House volunteers would like to thank  Brown’s Social House for providing baked goods, Voet’s Coffee, SunRype, Book Warehouse and Home Building Centre for their endless support and donations.

Donations can be dropped off at Re/Max Vernon and Armstrong, We Care Home Health Services, People Place, Ladies World Health and Fitness, VantageOne Credit Union and Illusions Hair and Body.