Community support is needed for the eighth annual Children’s Christmas Workshop in Vernon.
The event takes place Dec. 14 at the People Place and donations are needed so children low on cash can purchase gifts for their parents, grandparents or that important adult in their life.
“We are looking for items a child would like to purchase for mom or dad, things like wallets, tools, gadgets, games, trinkets, jewelry, lotions, candles, decorative items, kitchenware and novelty items,” said Sandra Bradley, a Re/Max realtor and workshop organizer.
“We also need gift bags, wrap, tissue and bows. The items can be used but must look new.”
Unwrapped donations can be dropped off at Re/Max, We Care Home Health Services, the People Place, RBC (Polson and Village Green branches), Ladies World Health and Fitness and Vantage One (Okanagan Landing).
During the event, parents wait in the kitchen enjoying a cup of Voet’s coffee while high school students escort the children through the store and help them select a gift. The gifts are then wrapped by other volunteers.
“The kids get to experience the joy of giving,” said Bradley.
“For 10 cents to $1, they can buy a great gift to put under the tree. Any money raised is returned back to the community. It is such a joy watching the pride and smiles on the young children’s faces as carry their purchased gifts back to mom and dad.”
More than 60 volunteers help with the event.
We Care Home Health Services and North Okanagan Optimist Club co-sponsor the event.
“This year, the ladies of Beta Sigma Phi all donated gifts and have offered their time to help with the event,” said Bradley.
“A big thanks to the crew at Home Building Centre for their continued support. They have helped with the event from the start and their donations are greatly appreciated.”
For more information, call Bradley at 250-549-4161.