There was singing, giving, and a lot of smiling today at Providence Manor, as members of the Kingston Girls Ice Wolves Atom AA hockey time arrived at the long-term care home with some holiday cheer.
The young female hockey players entered Providence Manor with over 100 handmade Christmas Cards that they’d created for those who live at the facility and may not see their families over the holidays. And it all started with one thoughtful team member who had an idea.
“One of the team members, Amaya Silva, saw the Christmas program where kids send cards to soldiers overseas,” said Ed Goodfellow, one of the team’s coaches and parent of one of the players.
“[She] thought maybe we could make some Christmas cards for local residents who might not have family, or have the opportunity to see their family.”
The girls handed out the cards to the residents, who happily accepted. But their Christmas cheer didn’t end there.
Armed with carol books, the girls performed a number of Christmas carols, encouraging the residents to join in. They even got to sing Happy Birthday to a resident who will turn 100 in a few days.
The small act saw smiles on the faces of both the hockey players and the residents, increasing the Christmas spirit as their young voices echoed off the walls in song, Goodfellow expressed.
“They had over 100 homemade cards to deliver,” he said.
“Everyone should have a little Christmas.”