Now in its seventh year, the Spread a Little Love Christmas effort will see The Olive Tree joining the Lloydminster & District Co-operative initiative to give residents the opportunity to share more of the holiday spirit with seniors.
The partnership will enable the campaign to be spread to five more senior residences and bring the total outreach to nearly 900 people says Leanne Hawes CEO, Lloydminster Co-op.
Becky Schille Executive Director with the Olive Tree says they got the invitation from the team at the Lloyd Coop and they share common goals of spreading love and hope to the community. She says the combined effort has a personal note as her grandfather was the manager at the Lashburn Co-operative many years ago.
“It’s special for me as my grandparents were in these care facilities as well. My grandfather also worked for the Coop when I was growing up. It’s so neat to see it all come back together and to let the seniors know how much they matter to us and how important they are. It’s a little token, but it just makes their day so great.”
Hawes says as the campaign is expanding, they are starting earlier and running until November 26th. She explains the process whereby people can go to one of the Co-op locations and get an ornament off the tree to fulfill the Christmas wish for a senior.
“We’re just hoping that everybody can get down to one of our gas bar locations; four gas bar locations, the Lloydminster grocery store or the Neilburg grocery store. Grab an ornament. Fulfill that wish and then bring that gift back to that location.”
Hawes emphasized that seniors are an important part of our community and they are looking for ways to stay connected. She says they will be following all of the health protocols, through the collection and delivery of the gifts.