Thursday , 17 June 2021

Cornerstone Co-op rolls out 3rd Annual Community Caring program

Cornerstone Co-op’s Vermilion Pharmacy and St. Paul Food Store are hosting Community Caring until December 15.

The program involves selecting an ornament from the store location complete with a recipient and their request, purchasing a gift for a local senior, and returning it to the store location in a gift bag with the tag.

“It’s a fabulous program supporting our legacy members,” said Heather MacMillan, Cornerstone Co-op’s community engagement coordinator.

“One of the reasons we see it being so successful is that it provides an opportunity for parents to teach their children about community giving.”

Residents have come to look forward to this program in Vermilion supporting residents of Vermilion Valley Lodge, and it is the first year for it to be launched in St. Paul, supporting residents of Sunnyside Manor.

Cornerstone Co-op plans to continue expanding the program and hope to extend it to Wainwright next year.

Gifts are to be no more than $20 in a gift bag (non-wrapped) with the tag attached. Requests include items such as calendars, slippers, socks, or puzzle books.

“The seniors have been largely affected this year and I hope this provides a ray of sunshine and serves as a reminder that people are still thinking of them,” said MacMillan.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.