Kids from Walker YMCA Child Centre send Linhaven some Christmas cheer

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Residents at Linhaven will have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to the help of kids from the Walker YMCA Child Centre in St. Catharines.

Sandra St. Angelo, an early childhood educator at the Walker Centre, said 233 Christmas ornaments were put together with the assistance of the kids at the day care, after a conversation about how COVID-19 has changed the holiday season.

“It is amazing how much quite a few kids in our room understand what is happening with COVID and that you can’t go see some people.

“One little girl brought up that she can’t go see her grandpa because of COVID, so we started talking about how a lot of older people live in homes with other older people. So, we thought if we can’t go visit someone in a home, what can we do?”

While thinking of ways to connect with those who may not be able to visit with their loved ones this Christmas, St. Angelo said one of the options that came to mind were ornaments the kids could help put together, and send to a local long-term care home.

“My mom is a girl guide leader so she had a lot of Christmas ornament ideas, and donated the supplies to our room for us to use, so we spend a couple weeks putting the ornaments together with stickers and glitter, so the kids are proud of them.”

The 233 ornaments were put together with the assistance of the kids at the centre, most of whom are between 2 and 3 years old, while staff helped with some of the more advanced parts of the arts and crafts project.

St. Angelo said some of the simpler ones, the kids did on their own.

“For two-and-a-half-year-olds, it is a lot of work, so they assisted us with the majority of them, and some of them they did themselves.”

The ornaments were mailed to Linhaven in time for Christmas, along with a special present from the kids to wish the residents a happy holiday season.

“The kids made a handprint wreath also so they can hang it up on their wall.”

Bryan Levesque, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News