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Seniors Christmas Market supports food bank


By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman - Lethbridge Herald on December 2, 2021.

Herald photo by Alejandra Pulido-Guzman AgeCare Columbia residents take part in the Christmas market at the westside seniors facility on Wednesday afternoon.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDapulido@lethbridgeherald.com

AgeCare Columbia residents were able to enjoy a Christmas Market on Wednesday to find a perfect Christmas gift for their loved ones and help out the Lethbridge Food Bank.
The idea behind the market was to give residents a chance to purchase Christmas gifts without having to leave the facility, as sometimes that creates complications with transportation.
“The net proceeds of table rentals and sales of hot chocolate and cookies is going to go to the food bank, and we are also doing a raffle in the next week, that will also go to the food bank,” said Jackie Gray, retirement living coordinator for AgeCare Columbia.
Residents were able to enjoy a wide variety of vendors, from custom-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, decor, household goods, baking, and festive treats among many others.
Gray said that even though this Christmas market was only for one day, they are going to try to have another market in late spring next year and also have other activities on the go.
“We do a program called Christmas to Remember and it’s basically an angel tree for seniors,” said Gray.
She said London Drugs, Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization and Century 21 have trees with tags on them with what seniors that are alone would like to get for Christmas.
Patty Moyer, owner of The Leather Hut, who has been working with leather for 55 years was selling purses made out of cowboy boots, wallets and moccasins, among other things, for the residents of AgeCare Columbia.
“This is my first market here, I haven’t been doing markets this year because of COVID and because I am taking care of my father,” said Moyer.
She said this was the only market she was doing this year, as her time is limited taking care of her father who will be turning 100 years old in February. She said she was happy to be there and within a half hour of starting the market she had already sold significant number of items.

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