Elizabeth Middleton (right) and Wendy Uyede (centre) work away at making Christmas cards for others in Hope. (Jessica Peters/ The Hope Standard)

Hundreds of Christmas cards in community made by volunteers

Hope volunteers turned out to create some joy for others this Christmas

Hundreds of handmade Christmas cards were delivered around Hope this holiday season, by a team of volunteers.

Each card is a little different. Some are red and sparkly. Some depict a scene from Jerusalem. Others are one-of-a-kind creations made with cutouts, sparkles, and love.

They were all created by volunteers in the gymnasium of the Grace Baptist Church in one afternoon, with the intent of spreading joy across Hope to those who may not otherwise have any. They were sent to places where residents could always use a little more cheer in their lives, those who may not get holiday visitors, and those who would probably just appreciate the simple gesture.

But it was no simple task.

About 20 volunteer card creators gathered around several large tables, all loaded with glue, cut-outs, paper stock, scissors, stamps, stickers and glittery pens. Local artists joined in, armed with many of these supplies that they’d prepared for the group, guiding the volunteers in creating the heartfelt cards.

It’s the third year the group has gathered for the community service, and their goal was to create about 400 cards in total, to be delivered to 73 organizations and individuals around town, including care homes, the hospital, and many more.

It was planned to coincide with International Volunteer Day.

Elizabeth Middleton and Wendy Uyede have been volunteering since the first year, and each were hoping to contribute about a dozen through their efforts in the four-hour card marking marathon.

“There are so many people that might not have family in town,” said Middleton.

“They want to share their hearts with everybody,” said art instructor Pamela McBride. Many will know McBride through her work at The Art Machine, leading classes much like the card-making event.

Everyone worked in conjunction to create the cards, while volunteers also planned out a delivery route.

For those who worked their hands too hard, there was a treat in store. The event, which was planned by the Hope and Area Volunteers, included free hand massages courtesy of Willow Tree Spa Heath and Wellness.


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
news@hopestandard.com

@CHWKcommunity
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

About 20 volunteers came out to help create hundreds of cards for community members. (Jessica Peters/ The Hope Standard)

Just Posted

Fraser Valley Bandits release top forward Cameron Forte

A team leader through four games of the CEBL Summer Series, Forte has been cut loose

The Happy Hiker, Art Lengkeek, recognized with bench and plaque on Mount Cheam trail

The 88 year old is a familiar sight on trails throughout the Fraser Valley and beyond

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

On this B.C. Day long weekend, put your knowledge of our province to the test

Classes, theatre re-open at Chilliwack Cultural Centre under strict protocols

Smaller classes sizes, mandatory masks are some of the new rules at Chilliwack Cultural Centre

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Wildfire breaks out near Harrison Hot Springs

1.5 hectare fire is reportedly human caused

Police lay out details of mental health response in Abbotsford over long weekend

APD officers assist mental health team for three hours yesterday, man sent to hospital with injury

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Fraser Valley Bandits clinch playoff spot with win

Bandits down Niagara River Lions 70-57 on Sunday, improve to 3-2

Most Read