Holiday party raises pile of gifts

if you're going to party down, you might as well help others while doing so

Virginia Brucker accepts some of the pickup truck load of gifts and goodies donated to the Nanoose Bay Christmas Elf program from guests at a  Christmas party.

Virginia Brucker accepts some of the pickup truck load of gifts and goodies donated to the Nanoose Bay Christmas Elf program from guests at a Christmas party.

In what is becoming an annual tradition, a couple in Nanoose Bay added a twist to their Christmas party for the third year in a row and they challenge others to follow.

Instead of gifts for them or each other, the couple who wish to remain anonymous, asked their Beachcomber friends to bring a donation of chocolates, toys, food or Christmas goodies for the Nanoose Bay Christmas Elf program.

The elf program, run by Virginia and Charlie Brucker out of the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard, has 220 people registered to receive Christmas gifts.

Thanks to the donation and others like it, many seniors, children and single parents will have a better Christmas with some of the treats that so many take for granted, the couple said.

The Beachcomber group now challenges the people of Fairwinds, Madrona and across the  region to beat their party’s donation.