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Burnaby students spread holiday cheer to seniors in Operation Elf

Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 made cards to be included in local seniors' grocery deliveries.
Burnaby students made about 2,000 pieces of holiday art including cards, drawings and poems for seniors in the city.

The City of Burnaby is spreading holiday cheer to seniors, through grocery-delivery and hand-crafted holiday greetings from children.

The city’s citizen support services department partnered with the Intentional Acts of Kindness Foundation (IAK) and the Burnaby school district for “Operation Elf.”

Operation Elf adds to the citizen support services’ regular grocery delivery to Burnaby seniors, including cards, drawings and poems made by SD41 students from kindergarten to Grade 12

More than 1,700 local students made about 2,000 pieces of crafted holiday art in total, some of which will also be delivered to care centres around the city.

Burnaby board of education chair Bill Brassington said each envelope contains “heartfelt wishes.”

“This kind of partnership project connects generations, and brightens the holidays for seniors and students, alike — as the children and youth experience that warm feeling when you spread love and kindness,” Brassington said in a news release.

“We’re so fortunate to live in a community where young students are willing to put in the time and effort to bring holiday cheer to Burnaby’s seniors,” said Mayor Mike Hurley in the release. “These students, along with citizen support staff, deserve so much credit for the success of this wonderful program.”

For more information on Burnaby’s supports for services, including light housekeeping service and transportation to medical appointments, social visits by phone or in-person and shopping help, see the city’s website.