On Thursday, a band of merry “elves” from Edmonds-based Holy Rosary School handed out free gift cards to surprised customers at several downtown Edmonds stores. Holy Rosary students passed out dozens of gift certificates to customers outside the doors of Nama’s Candy store, Starbucks and Revelations Yogurt. Customers could also choose to ‘pay it forward’ and pass a gift card along to the next customer.
“This was a wonderful surprise to our downtown customers,” says Andy Cline of Cline Jewelers and president of the Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association. “We’ve seen a lot of surprised and happy faces around town today, and we sincerely thank Holy Rosary School for their generous act.”
“We want to help spread some extra Christmas cheer around Edmonds,” said Sue Venable, principal of the pre-kindergarten through grade 8 school. “We love our community and this is a great way to both support our Edmonds merchants and thank our community for its wonderful support of Holy Rosary School throughout the year.”
Venable added she would love to see this become an annual tradition, perhaps one that will inspire other “elves” in the community to join the surprise holiday give-away at Edmonds stores.