The 30th anniversary of the annual gift-giving program begins now and Valoris Prescott-Russell staff, volunteers, and supporters hope to fulfill every child in need’s Christmas wish this year. Last year’s program saw more than 480 children in the region enjoy holding a gift in their hands during the Christmas season.
Christmas Elves displays are now in place at Valoris service centres in Prescott-Russell communities and also at several business sponsors throughout the region. All displays have a number of tags with the gender and age of a child in need written on it. Residents are encouraged to take a tag, buy a gift suitable for the child marked on the tag, and then bring the unwrapped gift back to either the service centre or business involved in the campaign, and drop it for wrapping. All Christmas Elf gifts must be brought back before December 1.
Gift items can be toys, games, books, clothing, or gift cards. Anyone unable to get to a Christmas Elf display can now email Valoris at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an elf donation request.
This year also sees the Second Edition of the Valoris Christmas Elf Challenge. Residents are encouraged to go out on November 27 and run or walk a kilometre, or five kilometres, 10 or 21 kilometres, or a full marathon distance to help raise money to support the Christmas Elves Campaign through the Valoris Foundation.
Information on how to register for the Valoris Christmas Elf Challenge is at valorispr.ca/en/events. More information on the campaign is available at 1-800-675-6168.