How many more events will have to be cancelled or modified to accommodate our new reality? 2019 marked 35 consecutive years that Community Care held a Tag Day in The County. This event has always been a concerted effort by many of Community Care’s volunteers who first copy, cut, punch and string the tags.
On Tag Day there would be volunteers standing at places of business to receive the donations from shoppers who pass by. Turning little paper tags into money to support local programs for seniors was the order of the day for Tag Day at Community Care for Seniors. When people would see a volunteer on Tag Day they could find out more about services and volunteer opportunities in a brief exchange. The great part was that people would always give generously and with the knowledge that every dollar they donated would stay right here in Prince Edward County to help seniors live at home. All that came to a screeching stop in 2020, and again in 2021, when the pandemic made it impossible to hold Tag Day in person.
The event was moved online and held for the entire month of June – which is Seniors’ Month in Ontario. When the in-person event was held the fundraising would easily top $5,000.00. The online event is just not the same and realized only $1,000.00 in each of the last 2 years. We’re being optimistic and hoping to hold Tag Day in person in 2022. We’ve asked the municipality for permission to have the event on Friday, June 24th (and on Saturday, June 25th in the LCBO stores).
We need your help with preparation. If you’re able to put strings on the paper tags we’d sure appreciate it. There are “kits” available for those who are interested. Each kit includes 500 tags, hole punch, string and instructions. As you while away the hours during this long, cold, snowy winter please help us get ready for Tag Day. Call 613-476-7493 to sign up for a Tag Day kit. Working together we can be ready for an in-person event this June! Year after year local businesses have given us permission to have a volunteer in front of their store. For that Community Care is grateful. And our volunteers are the best! We’re always looking for more volunteers to help on the day of the event, however, and so we’ll also welcome new taggers.
Call the office and start the conversation about volunteering. Please call Community Care at 613-476-7493 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can help seniors live at home.
-Debbie MacDonald Moynes