LaFF staff member Sandra Hendricks (left), and volunteer “mama” Diane Morrison. (LaFF photo)

LaFF staff member Sandra Hendricks (left), and volunteer “mama” Diane Morrison. (LaFF photo)

LaFF launches 12 Days of Holiday Cheer fundraiser

250 holiday cheer crates will go out to local families to bring some joy to the 2020 holiday season

Sadly, Santa Claus won’t be coming for his annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser put on by Ladysmith Family and Friends this year.

Santa sends his well wishes to the children of Ladysmith, and was delighted to hear about LaFF’s new 12 Days of Holiday Cheer fundraiser.

LaFF executive director, Jacqueline Neligan said that the 12 Days of Holiday Cheer fundraiser is an opportunity for families to bring some light and joy into their holiday season despite the ongoing pandemic.

“We’re noticing families are really anxious about not being able to celebrate holidays the way they normally would — not being able to connect with family and friends the way they normally would. What we’re trying to do is bring light and love into families homes, and let them know even though we’re not together, we still have a blanket of support around them.”

Families can sign up to receive a 12 Days of Holiday Cheer crate from LaFF. Each crate contains items for 12 days of holiday cheer activites like a games and movie night, a family pancake breakfast, a seasonal selfie kit, a nature scavenger hunt walk, create an ornament kits, and more.

Also included in one of the crates is a Golden Ticket prepared by Geoff Cram of the Old Town Bakery. Whichever lucky family finds the Golden Ticket will receive a special surprise.

LaFF has put together 250 crates, 75 of which have been sponsored by community organizations and private individuals. Each crate costs $80, however LaFF will work with families in need to make sure they get a crate. Folks wanting to sponsor crates for families are also welcome to do so. To register for or sponsor a crate, visit the LaFF 12 Days of Holiday Cheer FUNdraiser page on Eventbrite. Crate deliveries will begin on December 1.

Sponsors have also stepped up to fund the daily activites. Sponsors include the Town of Ladysmith, RBC, Layman Group Financial, Van Isle Truck Tech, Khalsa Aid, Sani Clark Photography, Guardian Pharmacy, Surtees Real Estate Group, Best Rate Financial, Jennifer Ostle, Greenard Group, McNab’s Corn Maze, Ladysmith Rotary Club, and the Ladysmith Lions Club.