The Sunset Community Auxiliary had a busy year and capped it off Dec. 12 with a gathering to fill Christmas stocking for clients and enjoy a meal together. From left, Edith Mackay, Arlyle Siscoe, Dorothy Thomas, Tiffany Derby, Barbara Clark, Maggie Stone, Helen Canfield, Rita Kaluza, Bonnie Langille, and Marianne MacMillan. Missing are Alison Bidwell, Shirley Bidwell, and Linda Wood. Mitchell Hebb photo

*Editor’s note: Sunset Community Auxiliary was incorrectly named in the January print edition. The name has been corrected.

Our fall and Christmas fundraising at Sunset Community Auxiliary went very well.

We collected gift certificates and gifts from most businesses in the Pugwash and Wallace area. The local businesses were so generous that we held two draws for the Santa Gift Bag raffle at our Christmas Craft Sale and Bazaar held at the Pugwash Legion on Nov. 25. The first prize, $500 worth of gift certificates, was won by Evie Jean Lazenby. The second prize of a dinner for two at the Jubilee Cottage and the remainder of the gifts and gift certificates was won by Gretchen Smith. Many thanks to all of the businesses who donated to our raffle as well to everyone who purchased tickets.

Our Christmas Craft, Bake Sale and Bazaar was a fun day. Marg Hansen was there with her 4-H tables, numerous other ladies with their knitted and handmade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and a honey table. Ralph Anderson entertained us with tunes on his harmonica and a canteen was available provided by the Pugwash Legion Auxiliary. Thanks ladies!

We hosted an “in-house” Christmas sale on Dec. 8 for the residents and staff at Sunset A.R.C. At this event the residents and staff buy gifts for their friends and families. It is a very pleasant way for us to visit with our friends at Sunset.

On Dec. 12 we held our last meeting of the year. We met at 10 a.m. in the boardroom to fill stockings with goodies for each of the residents to open on Christmas morning. One of our members and dietitian Tiffany Derby was on hand to help us fill the sensitive diet stockings. We topped each stocking with a Christmas bobble.

After the stockings were filled and packed away, we sat down to a delicious luncheon provided by the Sunset kitchen staff….egg and tuna sandwiches, a bowel of fruit, egg nog or juice, and a plate of sweets and fudge. What a nice meal to share with friends. Then we held our last meeting until the second Tuesday in March.

Before we parted, Edith Mackay sang us a lovely rendition of The First Noel. Theresa Ryan, our newest member, recited a poem she wrote expressing her thanks for our auxiliary efforts. As we were leaving, Mitchell Hebb took a picture of our group by the Christmas tree in the lobby.

We have recently assisted to outfit a room called the Sanctuary – a room with relaxing sensory elements, like a water fountain, a fire place, comfortable sofas, green plants, and, in one corner, realistic dog and cat, soft and cuddly who respond to being petted.

As well, we have helped purchase folding chairs for events like church and movie night…the old ones were getting rickety. These are just a few examples of how our fundraising helps. We could not do it so well without the support of all the wonderful folks out there in our community.

If you would like to join us, we meet every second Tuesday starting in March, at 1 p.m. in the boardroom. For more information contact Bonnie Langille at 902-243-2571, ext. 241, or