Gifts of Kindness

Chestermere, where KIND is a big deal

The Gifts of Kindness program (formerly known as Christmas with Dignity) helps local individuals and families to meet their basic needs all year long. Donations will be accepted and can be accessed at any time throughout the year when individuals and families in the community need assistance.

The Gifts of Kindness program can be accessed to pay for damage deposits, groceries and other basic needs to help families in Chestermere and the S.E. Rocky View area.

The program can be accessed by the community through the Chestermere Family and Community Resource Centre intake process.

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Gifts of Kindness fundraising program

COVID-19 Update on Gifts Of Kindness

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 the utility, rent, and mortgage deferral assistance that is available. More information on these resources can be found at chestermere.ca/covid19

If individuals and families have accessed these resources and still require support from Gifts of Kindness, the Family and Community Resource Centre has amended its intake process to accommodate the closure of City Hall to the public. Please reach out to speak with a staff member by emailing crc@chestermere.ca or calling 403-207-7079 to determine your eligibility.

Where do the funds go?

Holiday Campaign

From November to December, money is raised to offer financial support to meet local basic needs and offer subsidized support through the following programs:

  • Jacket Racket
  • Backpack program
  • Personal (Baby & Seniors) Essentials
  • Christmas Hampers
  • Wishing Tree
  • Good Food Box
  • Holiday Packs

How You Can Help throughout the year

Help us to keep this program and its funds available to the community all year by donating to the above Christmas campaigns, participating in the Butterfly Gala fundraiser or donating cash at any time of year.

Additional opportunities to donate will take place throughout the year through City fundraising initiatives such as: Giving Tuesdays, Gifts of Kindness for Valentines Day, and Change for Change.

Cash Donations: 

Cash, cheque, or credit card donations are accepted at City Hall (105 Marina Road, Chestermere). Cheques can be written out to City of Chestermere, memo Gifts of Kindness.
Donations of $20 or more will be eligible for a tax receipt.

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Contact Us

Please contact Nicole at (403) 207-7050 ext. 7040 or nmadamesila@chestermere.ca for more information. 

Background

Christmas With Dignity began in 2007 as an annual fundraising campaign that would provide basic needs assistance to families in the Chestermere community. 

The program is now called Gifts of Kindness as a way to modernize the program and illustrate that donations will be accepted and can be accessed at any time throughout the year when individuals and families in the community need assistance and not just during the holiday season.