An Abbotsford family is preparing kits for kids to make holiday greeting cards for seniors in Abbotsford retirement homes. More than 1,000 have been requested to date. (Facebook photo)

An Abbotsford family is preparing kits for kids to make holiday greeting cards for seniors in Abbotsford retirement homes. More than 1,000 have been requested to date. (Facebook photo)

Abbotsford family prepares kits for kids to make holiday cards for seniors

More than 1,000 kits have been requested for cards that will go to retirement homes

Thanks to an Abbotsford family, seniors in retirement homes will receive a little extra holiday cheer this year.

The Volcz family – Ashleigh, Mark and Elias – have been preparing kits that kids can use to make Christmas cards that will be distributed in Abbotsford.

The kits include supplies and instructions on how to make the card, an “about the artist” profile, and a stamped, pre-addressed envelope to an Abbotsford seniors’ home.

They also hope to include a treat – such as a candy cane – for the artist to keep.

The seniors’ homes will receive the cards, which will then be placed in quarantine for 72 hours before being distributed to residents.

The project received financial support from the City of Abbotsford, the Vancouver Foundation, and the Abbotsford Community Foundation through the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants Fund.

“We always look for a way to give back at Christmas, and this year it’s extra important. We know that seniors in retirement homes have been doing a lot of self-isolation,” the family said.

To date, more than 1,000 kits have been requested, and no more can be ordered at this time, but the family is hoping they will soon be able to offer more kits.

They asked that anyone who can supply additional items – such as treats, promotional items or coupons – to the kits for kids contact them at AbbyChristmasCheer@gmail.com.

They are also seeking sponsors to purchase supplies such as large Ziploc bags, postage stamps, blank cards and envelopes, and colour photocopies.

Visit facebook.com/AbbyChristmasCheer for more information.

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