Gifts of Kindness

current fundraiser

1The holiday season is just around the corner, but there are many residents who are going to have a challenging time making it festive due to the financial struggles of 2020.

To help ensure that everyone can have a special holiday season, the City of Chestermere would like to invite residents to participate in Neighbourly November, an initiative of the Gifts of Kindness Fund, a charity that provides short term financial support to help meet the basic needs of Chestermere and South East Rocky View residents.


Neighbourly November has three ways to help struggling families in Chestermere:

Holiday PacksHoliday Packs:

The Chestermere Food Bank provides a holiday hamper so residents in need can have a special holiday meal. The Family & Community Resource Centre team provides a Holiday Pack of gift cards that ensure that residents can buy any other needed supplies for the celebration. 

How you can participate: Click here to access the donation form where you can give a gift of $25 (or multiples of $25). You will first be asked to create an account.

AdoptaFamilyAdopt a Family:

Take your holiday spirit one step further by adopting a family in need and committing to purchasing gifts for them to enjoy during the holidays! Donations vary but a minimum commitment of $100 worth of gifts is requested. Staff will connect with donors to discuss specific needs. Donors will be responsible for coordinating the purchase and drop off of the gifts to their donor family. 

How you can participate: We have reached our capacity at 65 groups who have adopted a family! Thank you!

 Click here to apply to be an adopted family. 

Giving TUesdayGiving Tuesday:

On December 1, contribute any amount towards the general Gifts of Kindness Fund. Donors will receive a tax receipt for their monetary contributions. The Varico Foundation has given a gift of $20,000 towards Gifts of Kindness this year and half of the substantial donation will be used to match donations contributed on Giving Tuesday (December 1). 

How you can participate: On December 1, give any amount right here on our website and it will be matched by the Varico Foundation.

Also, be sure to tune into the City's Facebook Page throughout the day as the City will also be providing updates and sharing stories of how Gifts of Kindness makes a difference in the lives of local families. While the donation from Varico is gratefully received, the Gifts of Kindness team also hopes that residents will still contribute on Giving Tuesday to take advantage of the matching funds and help ensure that the anticipated increase in needs in 2021 can be met. 

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A sudden job loss, diagnosis or change in family structure can mean that residents face financial troubles in the blink of an eye.

The Gifts of Kindness Fund provides short term financial support to help meet the basic needs of Chestermere and South East Rocky View residents.  

In addition to helping people get back on their feet, this support helps prevent long term social challenges in our community such as homelessness and malnutrition.

Note: Gifts of Kindness was called the Christmas with Dignity fund until 2019. 

Other Community Supports

Gifts of Kindness supports residents in need with short term financial support. Here are a few other organizations that can help support residents in other ways:

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There are three ways to get involved!

1. Participate in our current fundraiser

Scroll up to see what we are doing to raise funds and awareness for Gifts of Kindness right now!

2. Donate any amount

Any time during the year, you can make a difference in the lives of Chestermere and South East Rocky View residents by donating any amount. 

  • Click here to donate any amount online.  Please note that if you can wait until December 1, 2020 to give, you gift will be matched on that day (Giving Tuesday).
  • Send a cheque: Cheques can be made out to The City of Chestermere  with the memo being Gifts of Kindness. Cheques can be dropped off or mailed to 105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB T1X 1V7.
  • Contact the Family & Community Resource Centre (403-207-7079) if you'd like to make a special donation

Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

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3. Sign up for our email newsletter

We provide quarterly updates to the community through the City's e-newsletter (which is sent monthly).

Click here to sign up!

Read the December Newsletter here

Read the November Newsletter here

how your gift helps

Upon referral, the City's Family & Community Resource Centre team can meet with an individual or family experiencing financial hardship to discuss their current situation and offer strategies and resources that may provide financial relief.

This may include referrals to the Chestermere Food Bank (hampers and Good Food Box), federal support programs (employment insurance), and provincial support programs.

If eligible, the staff can also offer short term financial support to the family in the following ways:

  • Basic Needs Support: Short term support in the form of a utility bill payment, grocery gift card or transportation assistance.
  • Personal Essentials: Upon request, staff distribute personal care & hygiene items to residents in need.
  • Holiday Packs: Staff provide gift cards to enable residents to purchase groceries for a special meal during the holidays.
  • Adopt a Family: During the holiday season, staff connect donors to residents in need to ensure that they can have a meal and gifts to celebrate the season in a special way. 

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2019 Gifts of Kindness Report

Read more about how your donations make a difference to Chestermere families by reading the 2019 Gifts of Kindness Report.

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Connect with us:

If you are facing financial challenges and need support, connect with our Family & Community Resource Team by calling 403-207-7079 or completing the intake form here. 

The team is made up of staff who have extensive experience in supporting families in need. They will offer a confidential listening ear, suggestions for resources, and referrals to other supports.

COVID-19 Note:

The Gifts of Kindness fund is still accessible to residents during the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to follow regular procedures for those residents requesting access to the fund, which includes the requirement that individuals and families access all other available resources prior to requesting funds from Gifts of Kindness.

This includes the provincial and federal programs that have been initiated in response to COVID-19, as well as any deferral assistance that is available. More information on these resources can be found at chestermere.ca/covid19