Fifth edi­tion of LDWC Secret Santa Cam­paign un­der­way

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE -

Be­tween Nov. 5 and Dec.17, Town­ship­pers have the op­por­tu­nity to help ful­fill the wishes of children and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Since 2014, the Len­noxville and Dis­trict Women’s Cen­tre (LDWC) has been run­ning the Secret Santa cam­paign, pair­ing spon­sors with lo­cal children to fill Christ­mas wish lists, and col­lect­ing do­na­tions to shop for stock­ing stuffers and gifts for lo­cals fac­ing a dif­fi­cult Christ­mas.

Since it started, The Record has been a part­ner and spon­sor of the cam­paign.

One of the man­dates of the lo­cal news­pa­per is to level the play­ing field in the com­mu­nity.

While the fo­cus dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son should al­ways be about fam­ily and spend­ing qual­ity time to­gether, there are homes strug­gling to put food on the ta­ble. In those sit­u­a­tions, the lux­ury of a gift un­der the tree is out of the ques­tion.

Jan­uary rolls around. The new­est gad­gets and good­ies grace the halls of lo­cal schools as stu­dents re­turn to class af­ter break.

“What did you get for Christ­mas?” echoes in the halls.

A crisp, clean shirt; a new doll; a pair of head­phones; a new pair of shoes; those things go a long way lev­el­ing the play­ing field among children.

There are two ways to par­tic­i­pate in the Secret Santa Cam­paign: Op­tion 1: Spon­sor

You will re­ceive and ID number along with the gen­der and age of a child (your pref­er­ence will be con­sid­ered), along with a list of items that the child has wished for. You may pur­chase one or many of the gifts from the wish list. The gifts should be la­beled with the ID number, gen­der and age of the child and dropped off at the LDWC be­fore Dec.13.

The gifts can be wrapped or brought in as is. A team of vol­un­teers helps with any wrap­ping needs.

Op­tion 2: Do­nate

If you don’t have time or don’t like to shop, make a do­na­tion to the cen­tre, and vol­un­teers will do the shop­ping.

Once the gifts are pur­chased and wrapped, boxes are pre­pared to send to the fam­i­lies.

For in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate, con­tact the LDWC at 819-564-6626 or email info@ldwc.ca.

Do­na­tions can be sent to the LDWC of­fice at 175 Queen Street, Suite 203, Sher­brooke, Qc J1M 1K1.

SUB­MIT­TED BY LDWC

Left to right - Melissa Gard­ner, Kathryne Owen, Kris­ten Dempsey wrap­ping up the Secret Santa gifts col­lected for the 2017 cam­paign.

MATTHEW MCCCULLY/RECORD ARCHIVES

Vol­un­teer Jo-anne An­der­son, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Kayla Dempsey and LDWC board pres­i­dent Louise Caron, wrap­ping gifts that will be dis­trib­uted to the spon­sor fam­i­lies be­fore Christ­mas dur­ing the 2016 Secret Santa cam­paign.

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