Get into the Christmas spirit by supporting Pennies for Presents

Caitlin McKay encourages Chronicle readers to consider supporting our annual Pennies for Presents campaign.

It must be the Christmas season. I’m drinking a pumpkin spice latte. My delicious drink reminds me that I have a holiday to-do list the size of my wish list. There are presents to buy, trees to decorate and relatives to get annoyed with. As this busy season rushes in like snowfall flurries, it’s easy to overlook the most important aspects of the holiday season.

Yes, I’m talking about the Christmas spirit, which is currently No. 56 on my festive to-do list. I know it’s important, but it’s the aspect of the holidays that I’m most likely to forget. However, I’ve found a cause that I think will spark my Christmas mood and, as an added bonus, is easy to get involved with.

This holiday season, consider donating to the Chronicle’s annual Pennies for Presents campaign. Every cent that is raised is donated to the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association (LRCA)  Christmas Cheer Fund, which organizes a Christmas Hamper program for the community. The hampers are given to needy families and include food for Christmas dinner and other holiday necessities. Last year, the LRCA gave out 160 hampers.

Of course, for all the loyal followers of the Chronicle, the Pennies for Presents drive isn’t new information. Last year, our generous readers raised $4,481.85, which meant a lot of hampers and happy families.

This year, our goal is to raise $5,000, which would allow the LCRA to put out 175 hampers and continue to make the holidays a little easier on resource-stretched families.

This message might be like your mother-in-law’s turkey — overdone — but it’s often forgotten. The holiday season is supposed to be a time of generosity and goodwill towards others. So turn your pennies (or dollars) into goodwill and get into the Christmas spirit.

Donations can be made at the Chronicle office at 940 Oyster Bay Dr. or the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce office at 411-B First Ave.                   — Caitlin McKay

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