For Chartwell’s HOPE committee, the spirit of Christmas includes thinking of others

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Main photo: Members of the Chartwell Muskoka Traditions HOPE committee (from left), Ella Master, Katrina Hall – Chartwell’s Lifestyle & Program Manager, Charolette Collins, Beth McGirr, Pauline Pilon, Shirley Palmer, Heather Berg – President of The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation, and Agnus Holway. Missing are Chris Karn, Lillian Gallant, and Ruby Johnson.

The HOPE (helping others for purposeful engagement) committee at Chartwell Muskoka Traditions has been hard at it again, this time organizing a toy and gift drive in support of The Table Soup Kitchen’s Christmas wish list.

This is the sixth year that the committee has organized the Christmas drive. The ‘Give a Gift’ campaign encourages Chartwell residents to pick up an extra toy or a gift certificate while they are doing their Christmas shopping.

Heather Berg, president of The Table, visited Chartwell this week to pick up all the gifts and to thank everyone for their participation. Heather was overwhelmed by the table ladened with the gifts. It looked like there was something for everyone including toys, stuffed animals, games and gift certificates. Those who are knitters also contributed knitted scarves, hats and dolls.

Heather said The Table has over 200 families signed up for help this year. The Table organizes two programs around gift giving: First, parents are invited to come and select an age-appropriate gift for their child and then later in the week children are able to come in and select a gift for their parent(s). The residents’ gifts will go a long way in fulfilling that need and helping to make Christmas happier for many families.

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Chartwell Muskoka Tradition’s HOPE committee carries on Thanksgiving tradition

Chartwell residents raise funds for Spruce Glen’s breakfast program

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