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Volunteers make the season merry and bright
by decorating a tree for every cottage

December 17th, 2018

Every cottage community at Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville has its own beautifully decorated tree, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Resident and Family Council. And the annual Mitten Tree was full of cozy donated items for Christmas Bureau hampers.

Industrious Resident and Family Council 

Resident and Family Council members, along with a few volunteers, gathered for a tree set-up bee on November 22. In all, they set up, and decorated trees in six cottages, plus a live one in the dining room and the Mitten Tree in the main living room.

Mitten Tree bounty

Following the Heritage House Christmas party on December 8, a representative from the Christmas Bureau came to collect the cold-weather accessories from the mitten tree to add to their Christmas hampers. In all, residents, family members, and employee care partners had donated 25 toques, 25 pairs of mittens, 14 packages of socks, 6 scarves, 1 neck warmer, 3 pairs of slippers, a children’s throw, and seven toys. Of course with all of those items off the tree, that Mitten tree needed to be redecorated, which was done the following day.

Many hands...

Resident and Family Council president Geri Tuck shared photos of all of the trees, along with a big thank you to everyone who helped create Christmas spirit for the residents: Bev Homeniuk, Heather Paziuk, Effie Lakusta, Jo-Anne Fried & Brian (resident), Michelle Iftody, Sylvia Ostapowich, her brother Billy Andruik (son and daughter of resident Margie Andruik), Terry Andruik, Pat Buehler, and resident Wilma Golinowski.

And a special thanks to Pat, Heather, Jo-Anne, and Sylvia for all pitching in to help set up and “fluff” trees; and to Billy and Sylvia for providing sing-a-long Christmas carols, and finally, to Cheryl Clark (kitchen care partner) and residents for the delicious cookies that helped fuel the decorating teams.

Photo Collage: (bottom) Residents gather around the Mitten Tree before sending its warming bounty off to the Christmas Bureau to be given to those in need this Christmas; (top centre) the Mitten Tree laden with cold weather accessories.

More photos at Flickr: Volunteers make the season merry and bright by decorating a tree for every cottage

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