Youngsters help spread holiday cheer to area seniors

More than a dozen youngsters gathered at the Nourish Community Hub in Cannington over the weekend to lend a hand to the Seniors Greetings program.

Launched by Cannington resident Jennifer Leece in 2012, the initiative sees volunteers make handmade cards for seniors living in area nursing homes. More than 800 cards were distributed in Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge last year alone.

“We got 40 cards made at the workshop over the weekend,” Leece said.

“About 750 cards have been made to date and ready to distribute.”

Each season, she’s overwhelmed by the response from the community.

“The amount of support we get every year really amazes me,” Leece said.

“The Cannington Lioness Club donates hundreds or handmade cards and the Nourish Community Hub donates the space for our workshops. We also get many volunteers, including students from McCaskills Mills, taking the time to be a part of it and showing off their creativity. It definitely continues to amaze me how involved our community gets and I know the seniors will just get so much out of it.”\

In addition to making cards, youth taking part in the workshop were treated to a movie and a visit with a princess from The Ultimate Character Experience.

For more information, check out the Seniors Greetings page on Facebook.

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