Lorraine Doiron

Christmas hamper starts up

Lorraine has the details on the Christmas hamper and sale of a household of secondhand goods.

Still have 16,100 steps to go on my walk to Abbotsford. I hope to get there by Christmas. The weather has not been too bad, even here at home. Any snow that arrives is gone by noon.

So many things going on for Christmas, almost impossible to attend all of them. Be sure to check out The Interior News Community Calendar so you don’t miss anything.

I see that the Christmas Hamper program is going to start up soon. You can find them at 3835 First Avenue (former video store) and they will be open Dec. 1, Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items, new toys and gently used book for kids are welcome. Volunteers are also welcome; you can sponsor a family, organize food boxes or participate in a toy drive. Any donations of money is used to purchase oranges and grocery vouchers. For more information scsa.ca/programs/other-services/christmas-hampers or contact Anne Harfenist, Christmas Hamper Coordinator, 250-877-9405.

Something I read what resonates with me: I love second hand items – clothing, books, furniture — somehow richer in both history and promise than new things. A quote from an article in Victoria Magazine/December 2018: “more importantly they remind me that nothing really belongs to us; it simply passes through us. The world does not belong to us. We live within its borrowed spaces, in this brief moment in time, this present wrapped for us.”

Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s School gym there will be a sale of an entire household. This includes collectibles, ornaments, kitchen ware, linens, gardening tools and much more.

Christmas is a good time to share family stories. It appears that teenagers who regularly hear details about their grandparents and other extended relatives have higher self-esteem, are more resilient and have less anxiety than teens who know fewer details about their families. Family stories help teens build a sense of who they are as individuals and help them feel connected to something larger, important for adolescents.

Speaking about Christmas and all the bazaars, I sometimes take old dolls and try to give them a better life, find them a loving home. Found a website that helps: savethedolls.org.

Since this seems to be a shorter column this week, mainly due to computer problems, I will close with: Cornucopia: an inexhaustible store. A curved hollow goat’s horn or horn-shaped basket that is overflowing with fruit and vegetables that is used as a decorative motif emblematic of abundance.

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