Landmark Village ‘mitten tree’ helps deliver clothing, food to those in need

About 70 pieces of clothing and $780 worth of food was donated by residents during holiday season
1/11/2019  - Deron Hamel
Landmark Village’s “mitten tree” attracted scores of clothing and food items that residents donated to charities.  

During the holiday season, people living at Landmark Village collaborated to help local charities through a project that delivered warm clothing and food to people in need.

The focus of the 2018 Christmas charity campaign was on the “mitten tree,” a Christmas tree that residents pinned mittens and hats to instead of traditional ornaments. Residents knitted the items themselves.

Beneath the tree were bags filled to the brim with food items that were donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd, River City and the Tree of Warmth.

“We have lots of residents who enjoy knitting, and boy did they,” Landmark Village fun co-ordinator Brent Hart tells S&R Today. “There were nearly 70 pieces of warm clothing – hats, mitts and socks – that were made by residents and donated (to charities).”

Additionally, residents donated $780 that was used to buy food that was put under the tree and donated to local food banks. Some of the money was also allotted to buy pet food to help feed cats and dogs at the local Humane Society, Brent notes.

The Steeves & Rozema Group’s mission is “creating communities that are good for life,” and this is an ethos Landmark Village has embraced and will continue to focus on in 2019, Brent says.

Nearly every month the Sarnia seniors living community focuses on projects to help charities and people in need. Landmark Village’s next big charitable event will be in February to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation during the organization’s annual awareness and fundraising campaign.

The fundraising event will be called the Go Hollywood for Heart and Stroke dinner and dance.

Throughout 2018, through dances, 50-50 draws, raffles and other events, Landmark Village raised money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, MS Society, the Parkinson Society of Sarnia-Lambton, the Alzheimer Society and the Breast Cancer Society.

Residents also filled 26 backpacks with school supplies to help the children of families in need before the start of this school year.

Brent says creating programming ideas that involve residents in helping others is rewarding for him.

“A wonderful benefit of the job I get to do is thinking up fun ways to get the residents involved and seeing the happiness it brings them helping others,” he says. “It’s a great feeling.”

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