The Christmas season, perhaps more than any other time of year, is for memories.
And they were running rampant Wednesday after a note arrived from Shirley-Ann Scott, whose donation to The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund included the names Jake and Charlie.
“Such a good job you do with the Christmas Cheer Fund,” Shirley-Ann wrote. “I am happy to be a small part of it.”
After her signature, she added: “Jake and Charlie are two very spoiled cats.”
So, I asked myself, “Are there any other kind?”
And then I flashed back to a Christmas many years ago when my wife Dorothy and I lived in Brandon. We had two cats, a sister and brother act whose names were Pepper and Boots.
One weekend prior to Christmas we journeyed to Manitou, Man., to spend time with Dorothy’s folks. Upon our return Sunday afternoon, we drove by our home, and as I glanced at the front window something seemed different. While I wasn’t able to put my finger on it, I just had that feeling. And then we walked into the house . . .
The once-decorated Christmas tree that had stood in one corner of the living room was laying across the floor, with balls and garland scattered in all directions. Of course, neither cat was anywhere in sight.
Whoever said Christmas is for cats wasn’t too far wrong.
Ahh, yes, Christmas memories . . .
Your Christmas Cheer Fund enjoyed another good day and already we are closing on 17 grand.
Thanks to folks like the Rubel clan, who send a donation in memory of their mom, Doris, and brother, Dave. No one lit up the Kamloops Blazers’ home arena with a smile the way Doris did. Merry Christmas, gang.
We heard from the McGowans, Susan and Norman, again, and Donna and Richard Sharpe are back, too, as is Muriel Dennison.
Thanks to all and to all a Merry Christmas!
This is a big week for Jim Doan, the sensei, and his Western Karate Academy students. They are huge supporters of your Christmas Cheer Fund and their magnificent fund-raiser — the annual Kick-A-Thon — began yesterday and concludes today. (See photo on Page A12.) Yes, that means there will be some sore students for the next day or two.
The academy goes into this Christmas season having raised more than $43,000, meaning it certainly will surpass $50,000 in donations before the big day arrives.
Bidding now is open on a Leroy Krazyboy limited edition leather jacket, that retails for about $800. We are looking for a minimum bid of $400 to get us started. If you want to get things rolling, call our front desk (250-372-2331) or stop by our office at 393 Seymour St. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m.
With The Daily News covering all administrative costs with your Christmas Cheer Fund, every penny that is donated will end up one of five local charities — the Kamloops Food Bank, the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, the New Life Mission, the Kamloops United Church's PIT Stop program and the YMCA-YWCA Y Women's Shelter.
If you want to get in on the fun, stop by our office at 393 Seymour St., and one of the elves will help you at the front counter. Or use one of the Christmas Cheer Fund coupons that appears in the newspaper.
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Mara Kulessa/Pat Hayes $200
Mary Barquest $100
Susan and Norman McGowan $100
Muriel Dennison $50
Donna and Richard Sharpe $50
In memory of Dad $75
Shirley-Ann Scott; Jake and Charlie $100
In memory of Doris and Dave Rubel; love Dan, Kerry, Sue and families $100
TODAY'S CHEER $ 1,202.50
PREVIOUS TOTAL $15,752.55
OVERALL TOTAL $16,955.05