Sandra Bradley (top left)

Sandra Bradley (top left)

Children’s workshop spreads festive cheer

Organizers of the Vernon event are looking for donations of men’s and women’s gifts.

It’s that time of year again.

Vernon’s Children’s Christmas Workshop is a place where toddlers to teens who don’t have a lot of money to spend can still enjoy the feeling of giving as they pick out gifts for their parents, grandparents and important adults in their lives.

“The event is only successful because of the generous donations from the community and the volunteers that help put it together,” said Sandra Bradley, with Re/Max, who organizes the workshop with the help of We Care Home Health Services, North Okanagan Optimist Club and Preceptor Alpha Epsilon.

“In the past, we have had offices get all their co-workers together and do a potluck lunch and 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.”

Organizers are looking for donations of men’s and women’s gifts. This is a great chance to re-gift.

“Think of an item that you would have liked to give your mom or dad when you were a child,” said Bradley.

“Items that have gone quickly in the past are things like tools, ornaments, wallets, small sports items, games, jewelry, candles, spa items, scarves, gloves, kitchen gadgets, giftware, cards  and games. We also need gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue and ribbons.”

You can drop off donations at Re/Max Vernon, We Care Home Health Services, the People Place, Ladies World Health and Fitness, VantageOne Credit Union, Illusions Hair and Body and Home Building Centre.

To volunteer, call Bradley at 250-549-4161

This year’s event will be held Dec. 13 at the People Place.

“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,” said Bradley.

“The gifts are wrapped and tagged before leaving the store. The smile of delight on the children’s faces is a joy to see.  They are so proud to be able to buy a special gift 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.”