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COVID-19 and Light Up Events

The current worldwide health crisis of COVID-19 is affecting all of us in so many ways, and is forcing all of us to do things differently.  As our loyal donors and followers know, we sponsor and engage in numerous events and fundraising activities with most taking place during the fall of each year.

We are sad to announce the cancellation for 2020 of three of our signature events:  our annual Spice Up Your Life Variety Show, our Silent Auction, and the Orient Family Restaurant Luncheon.  Our annual Raffle though is most certainly a go!  Tickets will be available from Light Up Your Life members beginning September 1, or by contacting Linda at 780-963-5691, if you wish to support us in that way.  And we will also continue our five annual Light Up events throughout the Tri-Municipal region.

Rest assured we are still working as hard as always to provide the items and services needed for palliative care in our communities.  Know that your donations are needed and appreciated more than ever!  You can continue to support our work by donating online or at one of our many donation box locations.  The 2020 Light Up Your Life campaign officially starts November 1 and our fundraising goal this year is $60,000.

Light Up Your Life honours health staff

The Light Up Your Life Society honoured the WestView Health Centre staff who serve and care for patients with a banner which was generously donated by wonderful LUYL friend and supporter, Tim Getzinger, owner of All Star Signs.

The Light Up Your Life Society installed a banner honouring WestView Health Centre staff on behalf of all those whom they care for and serve.

“Included in their message of gratitude are all the other essential service providers who continue to support WVHC, including delivery companies, suppliers, EMTs and pharmacies,” said Linda McCreath, Director of the Light Up Your Life Society in an email.

The society also donated electronics to help bridge the gap for families that can’t visit people in person.

“In an effort to help Continuing Care residents and hospice patients at WestView Health Centre keep in touch with family and friends during COVID-19 isolation, the Light Up Your Life Society purchased two iPads which will allow those in need to communicate with their loved ones,” McCreath noted.

Recreation therapist at WVHC Continuing Care, Michelle Svarich, said she is grateful for the gift and that she was excited to share this technology with those in her care.

Recreation therapist at WVHC Continuing Care, Michelle Svarich with the donated iPads.(The above article is from the May 7, 2020 edition of the Spruce Grove Examiner)

About Hospice Palliative Care

May 4th to 10th, 2020 observes the twentieth annual Hospice Palliative Care Week. This year, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) addresses myths that circulate around Hospice Palliative Care in Canada.

Volunteer Luncheon January 2020

Your support is appreciated! Chair Sharon Cornelius expressed heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the successful 2019 Light Up Your Life fundraising campaign. An “Appreciation Luncheon” was hosted by the Good Samaritan facilities at George Hennig Place on Jan. 17th. All equipment requested by WestView Health Centre Continuing Care, Hospice & Home Living, and the three Good Samaritan Care Centres in Stony Plain & Spruce Grove, as well as the completion of the LUYL Hospice Garden were fully funded. The total cost of everything was $98,000. We could not accomplish this without the volunteers who assist us in so many ways, including, of course, the Directors and Members at Large of the LUYL Society. The Society has been volunteer-run since 1992 and to date has raised approx. $1.75 Million, with $250,000 funding to WVHC Hospice since it opened in July, 2014.

Thank you to the members of our communities who so generously donated in 2019, and have supported the LUYL Society for the past 28 years!

Kiwi Nurseries Donation

Thank you to Kiwi Nurseries for their amazing Christmas Grotto, and support and donation of $500 to the Light Up Your Life Society. Our members were delighted by your enchanting display, and all that you offered to the children of our communities … We really “dig” you … pun intended!! Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Looking forward to Christmas Grotto 2020! Everyone mark your calendars and plan to bring your children/grandchildren next year … your children will love it!! You, too, will be delighted and happy that you did.

Mrs Claus in Kiwi Nurseries Christmas Grotto 2019
Mrs Claus & elves
Mrs Claus reading to happy kids
Santa having a well-deserved nap
Mr and Mrs Claus 2019

2019 Seba Beach “Wave of Hope” Light-Up

The Light Up Your Life Society’s “Wave of Hope” was illuminated on Dec. 6th.  All five symbols of the 2019 Campaign have now been lit with each light representing the memory of a loved one. Thank you to the Seba Beach Golden Age Club members for their support over the past 20 years; for their generosity, an evening of great entertainment and good old-fashioned fun!  $1,329.00 was donated to the LUYL Society … With support like this we are confident that we will reach and exceed of campaign goal of $120,000.

Seba Beach Light Up 2019
Wave of Hope Light Up Seba Beach 2019

2019 “Tree of Hope” Light-Up in Wabamun

The Light Up Your Life Society’s “Tree of Hope” in Wabamun was officially illuminated on Dec. 4th, with each light representing the memory of a loved one. Generous residents donated $1,000.00 to the 2019 LUYL Campaign, bringing us ever closer to our goal of $120,000.00. Thank you most sincerely to the local Chamber of Commerce for their support and to all the people of Wabamun and area.

Tree of Hope Wabamun 2019
Wabamun Light Up 2019
Wabamun Light Up 2019 cheque presentation
Santa in Wabamun 2019

More About Kiwi Nurseries Christmas Grotto

Kiwi Nurseries’ Christmas Grotto is truly magical!! Children not only meet and hear a story from Mrs. Claus in her sitting room; decorate a large gingerbread cookie in the Elves’ Kitchen; and then enter Santa’s own magical living room to meet the jolly man himself, receive a special gift and a printed photograph … they also can write a letter to Santa, and make a special craft assisted by more of Santa’s Elves. The Christmas Grotto has three more dates: Dec. 12, 13 & 14.  Tickets are $29.95 per child (great value for all that is offered), and are available through Eventbrite or at Kiwi Nurseries. Please see the Kiwi Nurseries Facebook page or website for times. 25% of ticket sales will be donated to the LUYL Society.

Santa & kids Christmas Grotto 2019
Happy elves working in the Christmas Grotto 2019
Letter to Santa
Christmas Grotto 2019
Christmas Grotto visitors 2019
Christmas Grotto hug

Kiwi Nurseries Christmas Grotto

Kiwi Nurseries 1st Annual Christmas Grotto is supporting the Light Up Your Life Society. The elves have been busy, and the Grotto is an absolute delight and beautifully constructed and decorated…you will not be disappointed! Opening night was Nov. 28th and the children were delighted with a 30-35 minute experience as they visited with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Each child will visit with Santa and receive a gift and photo; hear a Christmas story from Mrs. Claus; decorate their own Gingerbread Man; receive reindeer food for Rudolph & friends. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or at Kiwi Nurseries. Cost: $29.95/child. Date/Times: Nov. 28 & 29; Dec. 5, 6, 12 & 13 (4:00; 4:30; 5:00; 5:30)
Nov. 30; Dec. 7 & 14 (1:00; 1:30; 2:00; 2:30; 3:00).  Visit Kiwi Nurseries website and/or Eventbrite to book your time…or just surprise us when you arrive at the Grotto!!  25% of Ticket Sales will be donated to the LUYL Society.

Cookie decorating
Cookie decorating
Mailing a letter to Santa