2017 was a difficult year for many in our community as families faced job loss, divorce, health crises or other life changing events. For some, those changes will make the holiday season very difficult.
“The holiday season can be a stressful time, and families are experiencing financial and emotional stressors. Many of our community members come to the Community Resource Centre worrying about basic necessities, so they are not able to think about gifts under the tree,” says Danielle Fermin, Family and Community Services Coordinator for the City of Chestermere.
To help meet this need, the Chestermere Regional Food Bank and the City of Chestermere’s Community Services department are once again preparing hampers to support residents in need and they are looking for your help.
Christmas hampers include all the fixings for a turkey dinner (including canned and baked goods), all wrapped together by Food Bank volunteers. In addition, the annual Christmas with Dignity program provides gift cards for each member of the household to be used towards gifts for children and youth, fuel and groceries. Through additional donations collected by both organizations, hampers can be topped off with additional food donations and gifts.
Interested in helping? You can do so by:
- Making a monetary donation to the Christmas Hamper program through the Chestermere Regional Food Bank (105, 100 Rainbow Road, Chestermere) or City of Chestermere (105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB, memo: Christmas with Dignity).
- Dropping off non-perishable items or new, unwrapped gifts for children and youth at Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics’ second annual Holiday Party with Santa on December 9 from 1 – 4 p.m.
To Register: If you would like to register for a Christmas Hamper, call the Community Resource Centre at (403) 207-7079 before December 15, 2017.
There are other ways to get involved with Christmas with Dignity, by volunteering, donating gifts to the Kids Store, sponsoring an event, making a donation or joining us at the celebration on December 16.
For more information visit www.chestermere.ca/cwd