Smoky area seniors will receive a special gift this week

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Many seniors’ homes in the Smoky River area will be a bit brighter this week, thanks to Smoky River FCSS.

FCSS and volunteers are delivering potted plants to area seniors June 3.

Why seniors are getting the plants is really very simple. Each year, FCSS holds a lunch during Seniors’ Week. This year; however, due to gathering restrictions, it was not possible.

“So we approached the five municipalities to see if they’d donate [the cost of plants],” says Crystal Tremblay, FCSS director.

The five Smoky Region municipalities include the Village of Girouxville, Town of Falher, Village of Donnelly, Town of McLennan and M.D. of Smoky River.

FCSS also received a $700 grant from the United Way.

“So we put it out there that [seniors] 55 years and older could ask for a four-inch potted plant,” says Tremblay.

People wanting plants could just call FCSS for the gift.

But not all had to call. Tremblay says Heart River Housing residents automatically get a plant, as do all residents at Manoir du Lac.

Tremblay has ordered 350 plants. As of May 27, they already had 325 requests.

Tremblay is not worried about running short. Currently, each couple receives two plants, but if they go over 350 requests, couples will be reduced to only one plant so no household will be spared.

To add a final touch to the project, local children were asked to colour thank you cards to be included with the plants. Pictures were available at various stores in the region last week to pick up.

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