Fundraiser ensures all West Lake residents will have presents on Christmas Day


‘It has been a really merry Christmas around here,’ says LEC

West Lake Terrace’s annual Christmas tea for residents, their families and friends raised $975 for the residents’ council and made sure everyone living at the Prince Edward County long-term care home gets a present this holiday season.

The success of the Nov. 29 event was largely due to the tireless efforts of managers and staff members who approached local businesses to donate to the tea’s silent auction, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Janie Butler. She adds that life enrichment aides Elaine Goheen and Michelle Bannister did a “great job” working the auction.

In addition to the hard work put in by staff members, residents and family members contributed to the event’s success. For instance, resident Brenda MacDonald pitched in by knitting Christmas stockings for each of the home’s 47 residents. MacDonald also bought toiletries and chocolates for staff members to put in the stockings on Christmas morning.

Cash donations also poured in. The minister from a local Anglican church donated $100 to the event. The sister of one resident gave the home $300. The residents’ council also donated $100 of funds raised to the life enrichment department to buy gifts for residents who don’t have family or friends to purchase gifts for them.

Personal support workers also worked hard to help residents get ready for the event.

Butler says everything is almost ready for Christmas Day at the home. The only thing left is to make one more shopping trip to buy gifts with the money donated from residents’ council.

“It has been a really merry Christmas around here,” Butler says. “It will be a fantastic day on Christmas morning and everybody will have a gift to open and feel thought of on Christmas Day.”

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