WELLINGTON, PEI – Nov. 24, 2011 – For a fourth year in a row, people from the Evangeline and surrounding areas will be able to honor a loved one and, at the same time, help less fortunate families, thanks to the Sharing Tree set up in the Place du Village mini-mall in Wellington.
In fact, people are being invited to buy special Christmas balls to decorate this tall tree. Each ball sold will have a tag attached to it; buyers will be able to write a short message in loving memory of someone who passed away or in honor of a living person they respect and appreciate. The tags can be signed or not.
These Christmas balls are being sold at $3 each or two for $5 at four businesses located in the Place du Village: Tracy’s Place, Murphy’s Pharmacy, Wellington Co-op and the province’s Liquor Store. Once people have bought them and written their little message on the tags, they will be able to hang them up on the tree.
The sale of Christmas balls will only run until Dec. 24. The tree, however, will remain in place until early January.
All funds raised will be donated to the welfare committees of all three parishes in the Evangeline region. These funds will then be used to help families in need at various times of the year, whether it be, for example, for groceries, for heating oil or for medical care.
In this yuletide season, the staff of the Baie Acadienne Development Corporation (SDBA) and RDÉE Prince Edward Island encourage people to be generous and to contribute to causes such as this one to help those who are less fortunate.
This initiative is part of the annual efforts by employees of the SDBA and the RDÉE to help families in need. This year, they have also organized two potluck lunches with auction sales.
CUTLINE: Amand Arsenault, centre, purchases the first Christmas ball for the 2011 Sharing Tree campaign. With him are representatives of two of the four stores that sell these fundraising balls: Fred Martin, left, pharmacist with Murphy’s Wellington Pharmacy, and Rick Arsenault, manager of Wellington Co-op.
Coordinator of the Sharing Tree Campaign
Baie Acadienne Development Corporation