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‘Tis the season to be jolly — and generous.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to get into the spirit of holiday giving, now’s your chance.
The Elmwood Community Resource Centre is seeking donations for its first annual Christmas Community Celebration, which is open to families who attend its programs. The festivities will feature gifts for children as well as self-care baskets for families, who are mainly from low-income households.
Executive director Nina Condo said between 50 and 100 children will likely attend the Dec. 17 event. Monetary and toy donations will help to make it a success.
"Right now, the biggest piece is finding toys for the older kids aged eight years and up," Condo said.
"In terms of our planning, we’re thinking to allow $10 per child for the older kids. We could go and buy movie passes or something else so that they’re not going home empty-handed."
For the self-care baskets, they are also seeking small indulgences such as shampoo, shaving kits, manicure kits and gloves.
"We’re looking for anything to make you feel good and be happy during the holiday season," Condo said.
"We’ll also provide diverse cuisine for the night. The monetary donations will help with the toys, but if we have extra left, then that can go towards buying the food."
Donations will be accepted until Dec. 6, and charitable receipts will be issued for monetary contributions of $20 and up.
Preparations are also underway for the resource centre’s annual Breakfast with Santa, slated for Sat., Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverwood Church, located at 257 Riverton Ave.
"We usually have over 600 people attending the Breakfast with Santa. We were worried that we might not be able to do the gift part, so this year we decided to do the new mini-celebration with the families that regularly attend the programs. That way, we are able to do a toy drive and get gifts for the little ones and older ones," Condo said.
"Then we will still have our large community Breakfast with Santa that anybody can attend. They can go meet Santa and maybe get a candy. We will have different activities for the day. We’re looking at doing a Christmas concert during the event, and we’ll have sleigh rides for the kids and families."
Volunteers are needed to help make pancakes and prepare the rest of the breakfast.
To volunteer for the Breakfast with Santa or to donate to the Christmas Community Celebration, contact Condo at 204-982-1720, extension 203.