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COVID White Elephant gift exchange provided holiday cheer

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

The pandemic and its restrictions couldn’t foil the Kenmore Community Club’s annual White Elephant gift exchange as more than a dozen families gathered in the club’s parking lot and online Dec. 9.

Club members drove into the club and placed their gifts on a table set up in the middle of the parking lot. Everyone then joined a video call through Microsoft Teams. With the help of emcee David Evans dressed as Santa and team of elfish Youth Councillors, an array of fun and funny gag gifts were exchanged and or stolen. All the while participants stayed in their cars and maintained social distancing as required by the current state guidelines governing gatherings. The Club had been decorated with lights prior to the event by Youth Councillors Seth Karlinsey, Deniz and Derin Muhittinoglu, and Avery and Sienna Evans. Bharati Khandekar made gift bags for all attendees, and Ron Lackey and Marilee Simpson trimmed the tree outside on the front porch this year.

2020 has been a challenging year for the Kenmore Club, with potlucks and numerous events and gatherings cancelled, but at least the Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange carried on adding a bit of cheer to the holidays.

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