LETTERS: Wrapping up a good year

The Canadian Cancer Society, Penticton Unit, thanks volunteers who helped with the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre Christmas wrap.

The presents have now been unwrapped and many pleasant memories made. Now is the time to thank everyone who made the holiday special.

On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, Penticton Unit, we would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help us with the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre Christmas wrap.

This was our first effort and we knew it would require many people to cover many hours from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24. Our unit volunteers rose to the challenge and found friends and relatives; other volunteers from within our Penticton community and beyond also signed up. To each one, we say a most sincere, thank you. We could not have done it without you. Our success is your success.

Our unit office was hoping to raise $5,000 and we are ecstatic to say we met and exceeded our goal by considerably more. With the generous support of the South Okanagan community, we raised over $8,000 and wrapped over 1,250 gifts.  On Dec. 23 alone we wrapped 256 gifts!

The total funds generated will be split with 50 per cent going to Camp Good Times in Maple Ridge, B.C., (where children from our region with cancer attend a one week activity camp) and 50 per cent of funds will be directed to help eradicate cancer.

Thank you again and we wish you all a happy and healthy new year. With appreciation,

Evelyn Markin

President, Penticton Unit

Canadian Cancer Society