Remember a loved one with an ornament

This Christmas, you can remember a loved one and contribute to a good cause all at the same time.
Tammi’s Flower Garden has a “Tree of Memories” in the store—decorated with handmade stocking ornaments—to help support the Alzheimer Society.
“People can buy them in memory of someone they want to remember at this time of year,” said Margaret Shonewille, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts.
“It can be for a student who couldn’t make it home for Christmas, or a neighbour you think is great,” Shonewille added.
Each stocking costs $5, and another stocking replaces it, with the person’s name you want remembered.
Sherin Hagen, who sits on the board of directors for the Alzheimer Society, made the stockings herself.
“I’m not real crafty, so I had to come up with something I could do,” Hagen laughed. “I’m having a lot of fun with them.”
She has made 50 so far, and will make more if there’s a demand for them. “I don’t think I made two the same. They’re all different,” Hagen noted.
“She did a beautiful job,” said store owner Tammi Shoemaker, who added the stockings will be available until Christmas, or until they run out of ornaments.
Also, the Fort Frances High School band recently donated money they raised at a recital to the Alzheimer Society.
“Unknown to us, for their band recital in October sometime, they had a silver collection at the door,” Hagen said.
The event raised $250 at the door, but Hagen noted they didn’t stop there. “The money that was raised, the band matched it,” she enthused.
In all, the band donated $500 to the Alzheimer Society.
“It’s wonderful. I can’t get over it,” Hagen said.