Christmas Elf here to help

For North Okanagan/Shuswap residents who are struggling this Christmas, help is at hand.

Once again Project Christmas Elf is matching families in need with people who want to help them.

The program began in 2016 with Dianne Evans who heard of a family in need of help. She posted on Facebook if anyone could assist and she was met with a groundswell of support.

She then launched the Facebook page Project Christmas Elf and an annual tradition was born.

Kathy MacKay is now running the Facebook page.

People in need of some Christmas cheer this Yuletide season can send MacKay a personal message on Facebook.

She posts a short bio on the Facebook page – without mentioning names – and then people wanting to help can also send her a message to connect with a family in need.

“It's a bit of a wish list. It's usually for the kids as the parents are often reluctant to ask for anything,” she said.

“It doesn't have to be you adopting an entire family and do all their needs, but some people do.”

MacKay said people can donate a few items – some baked goods, gently used clothes or toys, gift cards or other items – and do as little or as much as they can.

Some people have even offered services – like free dance lessons – to a family.

MacKay said when she posts that a family has been adopted it often means several people have come together to help one family.

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