Delivery of Christmas gifts for seniors ends today

The Cochranites have succeeded with flying colors by granting Christmas wishes to the elders in the region.

Cheryl DeMaere Ellis, Regional Director for Southern Alberta, Communities of Alberta Networking for Seniors Assoc. (CAN), says the momentum continued to build as they approached the circled days on the delivery schedule.

In the end, they receive more than the 450 wanted gifts.

“We have gone way above our numbers and will donate the extras to FCSS,” she said. “It was wonderful.”

Yesterday there was a buzz of excitement in the Cochrane Toyota showroom during the final stages of preparing the colorful gifts for delivery.

Members of the U15 Rockies hockey team were there to help, as were members of the ringette players from Cochrane, who were on hand to help with the Young Professionals Rotary Club’s Toys4Kids initiative.

A little over a week ago, the U13 Jr. Cochrane Chaos girls’ hockey team showed up to help.

“We have a lot more kids here than I expected,” says DeMaere Ellis. “It was an honor to have them here to help.”

In addition to helping out, each of the boys and girls made a donation.

They later helped deliver the gifts to two senior housing units. The rest will be distributed today.

The young people realized the importance of these bundles of joy.

“It means a lot,” said Colby Adams, one of the assisting U15 Rockies. “It’s really important to give back to the community we play hockey in. Around Christmas, especially in COVID, a lot of seniors feel lonely. If giving back to the community means their vacations are a little better, then it does. worth it.”

This is the second year that CAN has led an effort to bring some Christmas cheer to seniors in the Cochrane area. This year they have achieved even more.

Cheryl DeMaere Ellis with members of the U15 Rockies team.
Ringette playersCochrane ringette players stepped forward to help and earlier helped the Toys4Kids initiative of the Young Professionals Rotary Club.

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