For just over three decades, the United Order of Solomon Lodge has delivered Christmas cheer to thousands of children across the Greater Toronto Area.
Last Saturday, the lodge’s Grand Master, Lloyd Seivright, watched with pride as over 100 young children received their gifts from Mrs. Claus (Pat Williams) at the annual Christmas party at the New Dawn Moravian Church.
Several businesses and individuals donated the gifts and foodstuff.
“It’s so good to know that there are so many good people out there who give freely to make these kids enjoy a happy Christmas,” said Seivright. “It’s also a pleasure to see the delight on the young people’s faces as they receive their gifts and open them. This is the season of compassion, sharing and giving and this is what we are doing.”
Seivright’s wife, Madaine, wraps the gifts and prepares most of the food for the big day.
“She was up until 3 a.m. making sure that everything was ready for today,” he added. “For us, it’s all about the children and ensuring that they relish the holiday season.”
Toronto Sun columnist, Lorrie Goldstein, a longtime supporter of the United Order of Solomon, helped serve drinks and the delicious food and joined York South-Weston Member of Parliament, Alan Tonks, in aiding Mrs. Claus with the presentation of gifts.