Staff and residents at Sooke’s Ayre Manor have again placed two donation boxes at the facility to collect toys, cash, and gift cards for a family in need.
“We’ve been doing this for years and every year we look for a family that really needs help, and then we try to do what we can to help them out,” said Terry McKinty, assisted living resident care aid at Ayre Manor.
“In the past, we’ve chosen a family through the Crisis Centre, CASA (Sooke Cooperative Association of Service Agencies), the food bank or even in-house to help out and our staff and residents always come through in a big way,” said McKinty.
“This year we’ve chosen an in-house family to help out. The person in question is a newly single mother and her two daughters, aged 3 and 4. They’re having a particularly tough time, and we’re doing what we can to make the season brighter for them.”
McKinty explained that the whole facility gets involved, contributing all manner of gifts to brighten the season for the chosen family.
“Even the guests coming in to visit residents tend to bring in a little something. It seems that Christmas just brings out the giving spirit in everyone.”