LAC LA BICHE - With the help of some creative pointers from the Lac La Biche Canadian Friendship Centre's Winston Boucher, the Next Generation Teen volunteer group recently got an early start on the Christmas gift-giving spirit.
The teen group, part of the regular Lac La Biche County FCSS program, were putting together Christmas-themed grab bags on November 19 that will be given out to families in the coming weeks. The bags contained a craft, a template for a child to write a letter to Santa, another letter outline for a child to write to a local senior, and a small treat.
The bags will be part of give-away material at the upcoming Festival of Trees weekend at the Bold Center from November 26-28.
FCSS Outreach Worker Christine Martin says teens from the FCSS program would normally be at the weekend Festival of Trees event, volunteering and helping with activities — but because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, many in-person activities won't be available. The teens wanted to do something, even if they couldn't be there, Martin said.
"Usually the Teen Volunteers run the children’s activities at Festival of Trees, but of course we can’t do that this year due to COVID, so this is the alternative," she said.
The crafty packs are also expected to be made available at locations around the community.