Sometimes Santa needs just a little help, and our Annual Wishes tree is aimed at making Christmas a bit more special for older youth and adults. We partner with the Salvation Army who distributes gifts from this project to local families.

This year thanks to an article in the Bedford and Sackville Observer the community responded better than ever....



The Christmas tree is hosted by Walmart Bedford Commons; shoppers choose gift tags from the tree, buy the item along with their other goods and the staff transfer the gift and its tag to customer service and we transfer the gifts to the Salvation Army.

Usually the collection is once a day, with a full cart, however after the article was printed we needed four daily collections to keep up! The photos show just the first two weeks of gifts.

Often family members over 18 can be forgotten at Christmas and we are so grateful for the support of Walmart and The Bedford and Sackville Observer and of course the amazing generosity of members of the community.

Members of our club also helped the Salvation Army with their Kettles in Sobeys Fall River and Atlantic Superstore in Lower Sackville. Rotary can be about fundraising for its own projects but we recognise there are many initiatives where out time can make a difference.

The tree will be back around the last weekend of November 2017 and will run until Christmas Eve.