Some of our members generously shared some charming Christmas memories on video for a one-hour Facebook Live show, kicking off Christmas in the Bay on Sunday, November 29 at 5 pm.
You can see the show live here on the Christmas in the Bay Facebook Page or watch it any time after it airs. Or you can watch just the Christmas memories portion from our members below.
There are lots more holiday activities for Bay residents of all ages to enjoy throughout December. Visit Discover St. Margaret’s Bay to learn more.
And read more members’ holiday stories in the December issue of the newsletter.
The Bay Seniors Association is inviting local children and teens to assemble and personalize Christmas cards for local seniors. The cards will be included with the Christmas gift bags the association is putting together for around 75 local seniors.
Volunteer-created card kits, with a card, envelope and several decorative components, can be picked up from the Community Enterprise Centre (CEC) at 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. Kids are encouraged to assemble and personalize the cards as they wish, adding a holiday greeting. Completed cards should be dropped off at the CEC by December 15.
Becky Weickert, president of Bay Seniors, says this is the second time the association has offered this program. “We did it near the start of Covid, and it was a lovely way for families to reach out to seniors. We’ve had many comments from seniors who received one, saying how much it meant to them to get a cheerful card with a caring message from a local child or teen. And the kids had fun opening the kits and using them as a starting point for their own creativity.”
The Christmas in the Bay organizers are also promoting the program, and Weickert says Bay Seniors is delighted to have that help to ensure more families participate. “We will definitely send out all the cards we receive. This is an especially important Christmas for us all to stay in touch and let our neighbours know we’re thinking of them,” she adds.
Michelle Maclean, the Bay Seniors board member who is coordinating the Christmas gift bags, says the association is grateful to the community members who have been donating items to fill the 75 Bay Seniors volunteer-made fabric tote bags being used for the gifts. “We’ve had a wonderful response, with people dropping off puzzle books, socks, pens, eyeglass cleaner, facial tissues, and lots of other goodies. But, says Maclean, “We have room for more.”
Maclean says gift bag items can be dropped off at the CEC until December 7.
Advance viewing by appointment for Bay Seniors members
Can you help us fill around 75 Christmas gift bags for seniors in our area?
Bay Seniors fabric tote bags are being filled with items like puzzle books, pens, playing cards, socks, chapstick, hand sanitizer, a box of facial tissue, sugar-free candy, eyeglass cleaner and other useful items to offer some extra holiday cheer to local seniors who may be unable to spend Christmas this year with family or friends. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Enterprise Centre, 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Monday to Friday, 9 to 4. The requested deadline for donations is Monday, December 7.
We’re also looking for six volunteers to help pack the bags at the CEC on the afternoon of December 8 (with Covid protocols of physical distancing, masks and handwashing in place), and around 10 volunteers to deliver the bags on December 17. In case of bad weather, volunteers will be contacted for packing and delivery on alternative dates.
Bay Seniors fabric tote bags will also be available to purchase.
Bay Seniors will be at the St. Luke’s Annual Christmas Christmas Craft Fair on November 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Church, 5374 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, with our wonderful reusable fabric face masks and tote bags, all made by dedicated Bay Seniors sewing volunteers.
The bags, available in many lovely colours and prints, make wonderful gift bags or gifts, and are available for only $10 each and 3 for $25.
Masks continue to cost only $5 for an adult size and $3 for a child size, and are also available in lots of new colours and prints.
Our November newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.