Residents at Poplar Ridge were treated to a Christmas craft day by Selkirk College students.

Residents at Poplar Ridge were treated to a Christmas craft day by Selkirk College students.

Selkirk students hold craft day with seniors

A group of five Selkirk students helped residents of Poplar Ridge create some Christmas cheer.

By Steven HallSpecial to the Times

A group of five Selkirk College students held a special event at the Poplar Ridge facility last week.

Loni Ethier, Dez Franco, Steven Hall, Seema Nath, and Toni Hall of Selkirk’s Social Service Worker program, with the aid of staff, were at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital facility on Nov. 7 to help residents create Christmas decorations to be used during the holiday season.

The students also provide some baked treats to create a truly enjoyable time for everyone involved.

The students called on local residents to donate supplies for the event and had a great response from the communities in the West Kootenay. Mainly all the supplies used were collected by donation.

During the event a local resident, Bert Kniss and his harmonica student Tyler Dalton, came to the facility and played harmonica.

Some residents who were unable to join the craft making were able to sit and enjoy a mix of oldies and classic Christmas songs along with those who were creating their decorations.

The Selkirk Students would also like to stress the importance of getting out in the community to help those in need.  There is a large population in our communities that can use the support from those who are able to get out there and help show our community that we care.

A good opportunity in Trail is the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Crisis Line. The line has a long standing in the community through Trail FAIR Society and is looking for new volunteers. If anyone is interested the can email or call their office at 250.364.0274 for the application. This is a great opportunity for those wishing to be involved with the local community and help support those in their time of need

The students couldn’t have made the event possible without the help of residents and staff of Poplar Ridge, Margot Wright, the Recreation Coordinator for Poplar Ridge, and Bert Kniss for volunteering his time to play music for the residents.

Without their support and guidance during the event it would not have been such a huge success.