As of Tuesday, December 1, 2015
If you’re looking for a way to make a difference this Christmas season, Shandra Chandler of White Bird may have just the option for you.
“It all started when I was scrolling through Facebook. I saw a post about helping senior citizens in another state,” Chandler explained. “I work with elderly people every day and I’m around elderly folks besides the ones I care for quite often. I guess I just wanted to do something more for them.”
Chandler said it made her think she would “love to share a smile” around the holiday season. She banded together with friends Christi Sonnen, Monica Cerecero and Melissa Shaw.
From here was borne the idea of providing “Candy Cane Wishes for Seniors and Veterans” in the Grangeville and White Bird area.
“After this last Veterans Day I also felt compelled to want to do more for veterans, as well,” she said. “I have never felt they are recognized enough.”
The young women are kicking off this project for 2015 and hope it becomes something that perhaps an organization or high school senior will take on.
Wishes need to be in by Dec. 10 by calling Chandler at 839-9909; Sonnen at 983-6314; or Shaw at 507-0188. As soon as enough people sign up for wishes, trees with tags will be placed at Cash and Carry Foods in Grangeville and Canyon House in White Bird.
“I know we are getting a little bit of a late start and so we really appreciate everyone’s willingness to help out this first year,” Chandler emphasized.
“Sadly, too many older folks are forgotten about on the holidays and so many people don’t know we walk by heroes every day … they deserve more,” she stated.
After gifts are purchased, they should be wrapped and returned to the tree with the tag on it. The gifts will be delivered Dec. 21.
To help or for questions call Chandler, 839-9909.