By this time next week, all of our Christmas preparations will be over and we will either be taking part in Boxing Day traditions, lingering with friends and family for another day before going back to work or travelling back from Christmas travels. Enjoy every moment, as we all know it passes all too quickly.
This is your last week to take in Mistletoe Magic at the former Glassfords building across from AG Foods Dec. 19, 20 and 21 with Dec. 19 and 20 and Dec. 21 to 22. A silver collection will be taken and proceeds will be donated to Unity Museum.
I thank all of our readers from both within Unity as well as those communities who have let me know regularly this past year how much they enjoy news from our community. I extend to you all my wishes of much health and happiness this Christmas season and for the new year. Hello to Keith and Clare, Jim and Janice, Jeannie and all others who have taken time to express their appreciation of this column.
The Christmas tree decorating winners have been announced. Image Glass earned first place, Parkview Place, second place, and Realty Heitt 2000 third place. The Delta Co-op administration office earned an honourable mention. Judges had great difficulty going through 23 entries to determine winners. Hollyhock’s Greenhouse donated the prizes. Congratulations to UCHS Activate Team and Leadership Class for winning the community snow sculpture contest and a big thanks to Jack’s Pizza for donating prizes.
Dec. 20, is the draw for “Grand in Your Hand.” All you need to do is shop at participating businesses to enter this draw to win $1,000 in chamber bucks. A big thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for once again hosting this campaign to benefit both local businesses and those who shop local.
In Unity we have a group of moms who organize an “adopt a grandparent” project taking gifts to long-term care. The Red Apple hosted a similar program where they assembled gift bags which customers purchased and the team at Red Apple delivered to residents at Parkview Place. Did you know Red Apple collected and donated to the food bank, Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, Secret Santa and this senior project all because their team wanted to give back to the community they serve?
Remember our seniors and shut-ins over the holidays. Small, simple gestures go a long way to brighten someone’s day. Shovel a walkway, bring them some home-baked treats, invite them for a meal. Know that a little goes a long way for these folks and it is part of our community culture to lend a hand and ourselves where and when needed.
If you want to help out the Grad Class of 2020, save up your bottles and cans, as the grads will be doing a bottle drive Jan. 8 to help fundraise for this year’s graduation.