The common areas and halls of St. Jude’s Anglican Home located in Vancouver’s Little Mountain neighbourhood were decked out for the season on the afternoon of Monday, November 27, 2017.
The Jingle Bell Café and Bake Sale has taken place for the past five years but this year, #6, a call went out for donations to include homemade items such as knitting, jams/jellies, quilting, needlework and of course - cakes and cookies.
The central focus in the corner of the room behind the sales tables was a Christmas tree, 7 feet high covered in decorations, each decoration made by a resident of the St. Jude’s home.
Staff and volunteers including St. Jude’s Board Chair and long-time Christ Church Cathedral parishioner, Jim Longman were present, greeting guests and spending time with residents. Sandey Berry representing the Board of Director's Fundraising Committee said, "It's an opportunity for residents, families, staff, volunteers and friends of St. Jude's to enjoy an afternoon of comradery while shopping our array of baked goods, crafts and other gently used items. The monies raised this year are dedicated to the update of one of our bathing rooms."
St. Jude’s Anglican Home is a 55 bed complex care home where care and services are provided in a warm, cheery, homey environment. In addition to the residents adult day care is also offered on a private pay basis.
When asked for a reaction to this year's event Sandey replied, "Each year we are impressed with the outcome of this popular event, and with the generosity of all those who donate their time and talent, and those who support us."
Michele Cook, St. Jude's Administrator contacted diocesan communications later in the week to share the news that the funds had been raised to purchase a new towel warmer for the 1st floor west bathing room. Congratulations.