Ethel Robinson patiently waits for her gift bag and Home Care Worker Cindy Gallot watches as Mary Colter receives her loaded goodie bag, provided by Clearwater Rotary, as Evergreen Acres residents enjoy an evening of pre-Christmas celebrations.

Ethel Robinson patiently waits for her gift bag and Home Care Worker Cindy Gallot watches as Mary Colter receives her loaded goodie bag, provided by Clearwater Rotary, as Evergreen Acres residents enjoy an evening of pre-Christmas celebrations.

A Clearwater Rotarian Christmas elf story

Clearwater Rotary helps seniors get in Christmas spirit

By Kay Knox

As year-end approaches, members of Clearwater Rotary become Christmas elves, beginning with each person giving a $20 donation towards the purchase of gifts for seniors living in Evergreen Acres and Forest View.

Using extra funds, as needed, from the club’s funds, willing Rotarians (a.k.a. Shopper Elves) purchased items that will be useful to the recipients throughout the coming months. An amazing number of donations also came from local businesses.

This year’s generous sponsors include: Pharmasave, Buy-Low Foods, Fields Store, Clearwater Dollar Store, Clearwater Curiosity Shop, Mystic Dreams, Strawberry Moose, Interior Savings Credit Union, Royal Bank, Pearl McAloney, and Tim Hortons.

The Packer Elves, with smooth teamwork on Nov. 28, placed the appropriate articles in pretty Christmas bags, along with a few candies and chocolates, of course. No sampling allowed! With gifts being somewhat different for men and women, varied colours of tissue paper serve as a decorative finishing touch, show destination, and whether any given bag is for grandma or grandpa.

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Then, on Dec. 9 at Evergreen Acres, Cooking Elves – which includes many others besides Rotarians – prepared and served a sumptuous turkey dinner.

Distributor Elves came on the scene in time to deliver those gift bags to all the residents, often with family looking on during the unwrapping. “Thank you,” “Thank you!” The words echoed around the festive-looking room, mingling with beautiful Christmas music played by the Silvertones.

Those busy elves showed up at Forest View the next day, coinciding with a special luncheon in the attractive Christmas Centre (a.k.a. common room). Family members were on hand to help display and enjoy the treasures as they were removed from hiding under the colourful tissue paper.

These fun chores attended to, the elves now get a few days off (or not!) to prepare for their own Christmas and holiday celebrations. “But we couldn’t do it without the locals,” they say. “Thanks so much for helping us help our seniors and spreading the joy of the season.”

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