There is nothing quite like having a good news day in December.
And that's what we've got for you today. . . . lots of good news for The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund.
To begin with, we've heard from Lillian Kwan. She teaches at Dufferin elementary and wants us to know that "the Dufferin We Team is on board again!"
In fact, the folks at Dufferin have their annual Cake Walk set for Dec. 13. Cake Walk? You pay your money to get into a game of musical chairs. If you're lucky, you end up in a numbered chair and win a cake.
And the proceeds go to your Christmas Cheer Fund. Thanks, gang, and your Christmas Cheer Fund posters are on the way.
We also got an email from Norio Sakaki, another old friend. He wants us to know that group leaders Bob Esdale, Clay Moser and Bruce White and everyone else connected with Kamloops Senior Hockey is along for the ride again. It's always a good night when Norio drops off the big envelope!
And a card arrived from dear friend Lorraine Hall. "Once again it is my pleasure to send a donation to the Christmas Cheer Fund for those very worthy five charities," she writes.
My late mother had dementia and it seemed that whenever my wife and I took her for coffee, we would run into Lorraine.
She always had time to chat with my mother, who didn't recognize a lot of people but always knew Lorraine.
Thanks for everything you did, Lorraine, and Merry Christmas!
Jim Doan, the sensei at Western Karate Academy, checked in after our deadline on Wednesday. It was after the first round of the academy's annual Kick-A-Thon that benefits the Christmas Cheer Fund. At that point, the students had raised $4,500 and there still was last night's kicking to be done.
And apologies to Sandra Blakely. She issued a challenge on Wednesday and it got lost in the shuffle (a.k.a. the mess on my desk). Sandra, who is a regular contributor, "would like to challenge other medical office assistants to contribute to your worthwhile fundraiser!"
There you go. All you MOAs, you have been challenged. The next move is up to you.
Merry Christmas, Sandra, and thanks.
The head elf wants to acknowledge a nice lady who brought in $200.76 in pennies, nickels and dimes yesterday. Yes, it was all rolled. Thanks so much and have a great festive season. (The head elf also ended up with the cake that was left on my desk; I'm assuming she shared it!)
We also heard from another old friend, Bob Miller, over at Ownership Identification Inc. Bob, who knows his way around more than a few of Western Canada's arenas, donated as a way to salute three employees. Well done!
And I'll see you the next time the Tigers are in town.
And, finally, there isn't much that can be said about the grand bunch at Rivercity Fibre Ltd. Thank you so much, folks, and I promise you and guarantee you that every penny will end up in the hands of one of the five designated charities.
The Daily News picks up all administrative costs, not one penny comes out of donated money. It never has and it never will.
This year, the fund will be shared evenly by the Kamloops Food Bank, Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, New Life Mission, Pregnancy Care Centre of Kamloops and YMCA-YWCA Y Women's Emergency Shelter.
To make a donation, simply use one of the coupons that you will find in this newspaper, or come on down to our office at 393 Seymour St., where one of the elves will be pleased to help you.
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Sara and Red Williams $50.00
Shirley and Gary Hill $100.00
Heather Miller $25.00
Cathy Stewart $25.00
Janette Speller $25.00
Valentin Putoto $100.00
Shannon Just $25.00
Janey and Larry LeBlanc $25.00
Marguerite Beesley $25.00
Rivercity Fibre Ltd. $1,000.00
Mark Rogers $20.00
TODAY'S TOTAL $2,545.76
PREVIOUS TOTAL $8,405.24
OVERALL TOTAL $10,951.00
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