Dear Editor:

We at Windermere Real Storage had a visit from one of the elves at the Christmas Bureau last week, and she wanted to pass on some information about their new approach to Christmas hampers.

This year they have decided to cut down on the amount of hours the volunteers will need to put in by using gift cards in place of pre-assembled hampers. The gift cards, range in denomination from $75 to $175, depending on the size of that family being sponsored. This is such a fantastic idea: while those who are going through tough times financially are able to receive the gift of help at what can be a difficult time of year, they can retain some level of dignity and independence by being able to select their own groceries and Christmas goodies.

After talking things over with the staff at our property in Windermere, we have decided to re-direct funds that were earmarked for a staff Christmas party in support of the Christmas Bureaus efforts. Also, each staff member has agreed to individually sponsor a family.

We would like to put forth a challenge to all valley businesses, to meet or beat our contribution. We have three employees, and a couple of sometimes-helpers on staff, and have already committed to six hampers this year! Lets help all families in the valley have a warm and happy Christmas this year Donations can be made by phoning Gail at 250-342-6753 or Helen at 250-342-6789 or by mail to Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley, PO Box 2595, Invermere BC, V0A 1K0.

Kim Baker and staff

Windermere Real Storage