Dawson and Blake Pollock like doing crafts. The young daughters of Nackawic’s Jamie and Erica Pollock also like supporting charities. It seemed a good idea to combine the two interests.
For the second straight Christmas, eight-year-old Dawson and seven-year-old Blake turn their Christmas ornament crafting skills into fundraising efforts.
Last year, the girls raised approximately $1,500 for Nackawic’s Meals for Seniors program. With the meals program no longer operating, the girls hope to meet or surpass last year’s total as they raise funds for Christmas Daddies.
They will also donate some of the funds to help replace vandalized play equipment at the elementary school.
The girls are direct as they explain why they enjoy the annual Christmas projects.
“Because it is a nice thing to do for people in need,” said Dawson.
“I like helping others,” added Blake.
The girls’ effort last year and this year is only the beginning of their plan to make a Christmas tradition.
Dawson and Blake have a central role in picking the charity to support.
“We wanted to keep the money local, and we talked about all the charities around and then picked one,” said Dawson.
Blake agreed their goal is to help people in their community.
“We looked at charities that are local,” she said.
Mom Erica said they researched charities as a family and explained to the girls what each charity does, and Dawson and Blake decided about which to support.
Last year, the girls used sea glass to craft the ornaments to sell. This year, they are selling their painted wooden balls and little yarn hats to hang on Christmas trees.
Erica said they also made a few sea glass ornaments for some who didn’t get them last year.
Erica explained the ornaments are not priced but sold for a donation.
The girls’ proud grandfather Mike MacFarlane said Dawson and Blake built quite a following in the community.
“They have become local heroes for the efforts that they have been putting forth in order to help others,” he said.
MacFarlane said the girls’ project even has a corporate sponsor who agreed to match whatever the girls raise by selling the ornaments.
“So whatever they make, the sponsor will double it,” he said.
Dawson and Blake will be among the many vendors at the Nackawic Christmas On the Bend Craft Sale at My Gym in the Nackawic Mall on Saturday, Dec. 4. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The demand for the Pollock girls’ ornaments appears to be growing.
MacFarlane said orders and donations have rolled in from well beyond the Nackawic area.
Erica said she and the girls recently delivered ornaments purchased by the local pub. While there, she explained, pub patrons asked to buy some, so she made a trip home to get more.
“Blake, the youngest, asked if we could go sit at the pub and sell ornaments every night,” Erica said. “I said I don’t think we’re supposed to do that.”
Erica said Dawson and Erica are selling at a pace that should meet or surpass last year’s total.
She said the girls are already seeking ideas for next year’s Christmas fundraiser.
“Pinterest is our friend,” Erica said.
The combination of crafting and charity appears to be a winning formula in the Pollock household and seems set to become a long-running family tradition.
“The girls love it,” said Erica.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun