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New Minas teen seeking donations to fill stockings for seniors

Horton High School student Rachel Chandler, pictured with family friend Myrtle Townsend, is collecting donations to fill stockings that will be distributed to seniors who might otherwise go without gifts this holiday season.
Horton High School student Rachel Chandler, pictured with family friend Myrtle Townsend, is collecting donations to fill stockings that will be distributed to seniors who might otherwise go without gifts this holiday season.

NEW MINAS - A Grade 10 Horton High School student is determined to spread some Christmas cheer this holiday season.

Rachel Chandler is asking the community to get behind her Santa Stockings for Seniors donation drive. The idea came to mind after Rachel’s mother, Melinda Chandler, asked her what she wanted for Christmas this year.

“I couldn’t think of anything,” said Rachel.

“I told her to give the money to charity instead because just because I don’t need something doesn’t mean other people don’t.”

The duo opted to collect items that will be donated to seniors who might otherwise not receive gifts at Christmas. They’d like to supply each senior on their list with a stuffed stocking, and possibly a small gift.

“Mom is a home-support worker. She sees every day how seniors are without family or friends for the holidays, and sometimes just on a regular basis,” said Rachel.

A number of local businesses have agreed to be drop-off locations for donations of such items as: combs, socks, nail files, decks of cards, candy, chocolates, word search books, magnifying glasses, deodorant, shampoo, soap, pens, pencils, notepads, magazines, novels or calendars.

Rachel has the backing of her peers with the Cambridge Baptist Church Youth Group, which is supporting this project with direction from Darryl Dykens.

She can hardly wait to see how many seniors they can reach with the help of the community.

“Even if we just help ten people it would be great, but we’re hoping for a lot,” she said.

For more information, visit the Santa Stockings for Seniors Facebook page. To arrange for a pick up, contact Melinda Chandler at 902-690-5411.

Donation drop-off locations

- Wilson's Pharmasave, 213 Commercial Street, Berwick

- Mader's PharmaChoice, 6637 Evangeline Trail Hwy #1, Coldbrook

- That's the Look Hair Studio, 409 Main Street, Kentville

- Birchwood Medical Center, 24 Kentucky Court, New Minas

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