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Stocking Stuffers for Seniors: Canterbury Residents Craft for a Cause

The stockings were placed on the tables with care, with hopes that Santa and his elves soon would be there. When what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a determined group of crafty residents from far and near.

We couldn’t have imagined a better way to kick off the holiday season than by decorating stockings for the London Drugs Stocking Stuffers for Seniors initiative. Dozens of residents took part in the crafting session recently, adorning rows and rows of stockings that will be donated to seniors for the campaign that benefited more than 17,000 disadvantaged seniors last year.

Now reaching recipients across western canada, It’s an initiative that began right here in Edmonton in 2015 with a drive to collect donations for 500 people in partnership with Operation Friendship Seniors Society. “This initiative was started to bring cheer to inner city seniors here in Edmonton and it’s amazing to see how much it has grown,” says Jimmy Morrison of Operation Friendship Seniors Society. “We’re so grateful to have our friends at Canterbury come together to spread the joy this holiday season.”

For many residents at Canterbury decorating the stockings helps contribute to a legacy of giving back “Many of our residents have been community supporters, professionals and philanthropists their entire lives,” says Canterbury Foundation Ambassador and Resident Bruce Hogle. “By participating even in a small way to this campaign it helps us continue to give back and brighten the holidays for seniors who need it most.”

The residents of Canterbury Foundation know all too well the challenges and transitions that come with aging, and are happy to help lift the spirits of fellow seniors facing hard times.“I like to do things like this. I like to do crafts,” said resident Elsie Larose. “I think it would make anyone feel good [to help decorate], especially when we have so much. We have everything here really, but I know there’s a lot of people that don’t.”

The Stocking Stuffers for Seniors campaign officially runs from Monday, November 18 – Monday, December 16. To participate you can visit your local London Drugs store, and head over to the store Christmas Tree for a gift tag which will contain personalized wish-list items. Shop for or bring in your new un-wrapped items and drop off at customer service. London Drugs will ensure gifts are delivered by Santa and his elves to local seniors, before Christmas Day.