A father-and-daughter tandem will be selling hot chocolate in an effort to support a charity and encourage people to complete their Christmas shopping locally.
Damien and Marley Seeman will run Marley’s Hot Chocolate for the Holidays on Saturday at 11 a.m. behind the Second Chance Thrift Store on Fourth Street. They will be accepting donations for Choose Life Ministry, which operates the thrift store, and is working to open a home for young women with substance abuse and other personal issues.
“It was my six-year-old daughter Marley’s idea to cheer people up and to give them some hot chocolate during the Christmas season,” said Seeman. “I got the idea that maybe we could raise some money as well.”
Santa Claus will be making an appearance, and there will be Christmas music.
Choose Life was selected because Seeman views it as a great organization.
“There’s nothing of its kind in Saskatchewan that focuses on troubled … young women,” said Seeman. “So we wanted to help a local charity.”
Also, the thrift store is located in downtown Estevan, and Seeman wants to promote local shopping opportunities.
“All the stores in the downtown area have special Marley’s Hot Chocolate for the Holidays discounts and sales going on,” said Seeman. “So they’ve all been very supportive.”
He also wants to make children happy by giving away free hot chocolate, and he wants his daughter to gain a greater appreciation for why people celebrate Christmas.
“A lot of people are getting away from the true meaning of Christmas,” said Seeman. “It should be about giving and sharing and spreading love.”
Estevan area residents are very generous and giving individuals, and he wants to highlight their generosity through this event.
He hopes the hot chocolate sale can become an annual fundraiser, with a different organization benefitting each year.