It was wonderful to see so many excited happy children that were able to select a special gift for their parents or caregiver from the vast assortment of items that had been donated to the Christmas Store in Dundas. This is an outreach program of the churches of Dundas and they rely on the community for support. Our club purchased $600 worth of gifts, each valued at approx. $25-$35, primarily for women.
For Kid Only strives to brighten the hearts of children aged 5 to 12, whose families participate in the Salvation Army Christmas hamper program. At the Christmas store, the children exchange a nominal fee for the unique opportunity to shop for gifts for their parents and caregivers. The joy of giving and an air of hope envelop the children, their guardians and those who volunteer at the store. I worked in the kitchen, making tea, coffee, and punch, and restocking goodie trays for the children and their parents to feast on. Each child had their own special elf to help them make their selections, as well as wrap them and make a card. We had a live jazz band, and the little ones danced, made crafts, and got their faces painted, as well. All this time, the parents enjoyed the music, the company of one another, and the wonderful assortment of sweets. It was truly a wonderful experience and I know our funds went a long way to make a difference for women and children.
– Respectfully submitted by Nancy Davidson