By Greg Price
There will be plenty of Christmas spirit floating around in Taber for the month of December, as the 12 Days of Christmas campaign is kicked off in style.
That Christmas spirit will be seen all around Taber starting tomorrow as people try and get rid of the Ugly Christmas Wreath that may grace their humble abode.
Crafted by the artistic hands of Taber Food Bank president Vicki Koersen and Victoria Park students, the ghastly vision of Christmas cheer will be unloaded on unsuspecting Taberites where a donation must be made to have the tacky tribute to the holiday season vacated from the premises.
“We found the idea from another community that did it, and it was extremely successful with how much fun they had. The wreath travels everywhere to different businesses and different people,” said Steph Giroux-Feininger, a co-organizer of the 12 Days of Christmas Campaign in Taber. “All the funds stay local, giving back to the community and you are playing this game where you are hanging onto this toilet seat wreath. We will pick it up and deliver it to wherever you want it to go.”
To have the wreath moved, it is a $20 donation where you pick the next destination it goes to. For a $40 donation, you can stay anonymous where the business/community organization/individual will not know who picked them to have the eyesore delivered to. The Ugly Wreath Campaign goes from Dec. 1-Dec. 23 where the travels of the ugly wreath will be posted on the 12 Days of Christmas Facebook Page and other forms of social media.
“You can send it to anyone in town, and we will make sure it gets there and it carries on until right before Christmas,” said Feininger.
Money raised from the Tacky Wreath Campaign will be split between Taber Community Action and Prevention Society (TCAPS), St. Vincent De Paul Crisis Fund and the Taber Food Bank.
The pet drive will be featured once again in the 12 Days of Christmas Campaign at the Wal Mart parking lot on Dec. 3 from 12-5 p.m.
“They are not looking for dry dog food this year, they got a big donation already. They are looking for cat food, wet dog food and bleach. The animal shelter always needs towels and bleach which helps cut down on costs maintaining the shelter,” said Feininger. “Treats, bones, blankets. They would all be appreciated for the shelter. Toys, scratching posts.”
While many events for the first week in the 12 Days of Christmas Campaign require monetary or product donations, Giroux-Feininger noted organizers wanted to emphasize other ways as well for people to get into the Christmas spirit without having to open their wallets.
Friday, Dec. 2, organizers are encouraging residents to clean up Taber by tending to garbage they may see around town.
“It’s a hard time for everyone, so we want to focus on getting people involved in ways that don’t cost money also. Get your family involved, get your kids involved. If you see garbage on the ground, pick it up. Take pictures of it and post it on Facebook,” said Feininger, adding Monday, Dec. 5 will be Kindness to Co-Worker/Stranger Day. “Help that spirit grow by showing it on social media by being kind to the environment by picking up garbage and kind to your fellow man.”