Tree of Lights Campaign posts another successful year

The Manor Tree of Lights was bare when the campaign launched in November, but its lights now shine brightly (see photo below) to the residents’ great delight.

LITTLE CURRENT—The Manitoulin Island community has once again stepped up to support Manitoulin Centennial Manor residents through the Tree of Lights Campaign, despite the challenging financial situation facing many.

“I was not sure what to expect this year with us just taking it on and being a little bit later than usual getting started,” said Manor administrator Don Cook, “but again, the community has come through and are being very generous, even in these tough times.”
The tally continues rise in the fund used to help better Manor residents’ lives. 

“We are currently up to $26,700 and counting,” shared Mr. Cook a couple of days before Christmas. “The goal in the ad is $40,000 as I didn’t know what to set it at and I just thought I would shoot for the stars.”

The goal might have seemed ambitious, but with cards, letters and e-transfers still pouring in, the goal line just keeps getting closer. “We are very pleased with the amount raised and the number of people and organizations stepping up and donating whatever amount they can,” said Mr. Cook. “It all adds up to improve our home for the residents that live here and is very much appreciated. A great big thank you to everyone involved in some way, weather helping or donating.”

Mr. Cook said that the Manor was looking forward to finishing the upgrades to the home’s dining room facilities and the courtyard projects so the community can be invited “to see the wonderful work we have been able to do.”

The Manor is currently seeking a volunteer fundraising chair to take over the helm of the Tree of Lights and other campaigns. The position was previously held by Wendy Gauthier of Little Current who retired from the post last year following a very successful run.

Anyone interested in tackling the rewarding position is invited to call Mr. Cook at 705-368-2710.