For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.
JJ Lee, well known New Westminster author (and Tenth contributor!) lives and writes in New West. “I write at my little table overlooking a little piece of uptown, and my kids were born here,” he says.
He selected the Queen’s Avenue Daycare Society as his secret Santa receiver. “They are a low barrier daycare centre. When I was on the board we made a point to keep the fees low.”
JJ bought crackers and cookies from Donald’s Market for the kids. “Snack time always as fruits and veggies and protein but does not always include starches as the dietary needs are so varied among the kids. I was able to buy a wide range of goodies so all the kids could have a treat.”
And for all your Secret Santas considering shopping for JJ, he says he is a terrible person to buy gifts for because “I am greedy and unappreciative, and I have particular taste. ”
He says he’d rather give than receive. Here’s a little story he wrote recently about the best gift he ever gave.