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Cranbrook children help save Candy Cane Lane
On December 1st the residents of Candy Cane Lane awoke to find their annual Christmas displays had been vandalized overnight. Zoey and her family always have come to Candy Cane Lane each year on Christmas eve and enjoy the lights and decorations. When 7 year old Zoey heard what had happened she felt sad and decided that her Christmas wish this year was to “fix Candy Cane Lane after the people had wrecked it”. Zoey took $30 of her own money and then challenged her older brother William to match it which he did, their parents Adam and Ramona then matched the kids donations. Zoey’s Mom who is at Shivers in in Western Financial Place also donated $1 from bags of popcorn sold on December 13th and 14th, then David the Manager at the superstore added a $50 gift card to their cause. The kids then purchased a number of decorations including extension cords and brought them to us. When they were dropping off the items Zoey’s mom remarked to my wife that while she and her family were doing this Zoey said she felt all warm inside, funny after this generous and amazing act we feel kind of warm inside too! On Monday night after I got home from work I wrote out a little explanation about this wonderful act, attached it to the various items and then got to play Santa by going to each of the neighbours on our street. I had to tell them to read the note as It was very hard to explain without becoming quite emotional. The items purchased now have added at least one new and very special decoration to every display on the street.
I would also like to thank Mary who lives across from the hospital for finding the pile of decorations thrown over the fence at the golf course and then taking the initiative to find out where they had come from and then trying to get them back to the original owners. Yes Santa Claus the spirit of the season alive and well in Cranbrook, even more so on Candy Cane Lane and two rotten Grinches in a little pickup truck will not change that one bit.
~ Mark and Trish Wagner