When I walked into the church that warm December morning, I was immediately greeted with smiles and welcomes. The gymnasium in the Centre Street Church was bustling with activity. Everyone had a role, and everyone was on a mission: to create full and cheery Christmas hampers for the families and individuals this congregation identified as needing help.
This past year has continued to challenge Calgarians from all sides. There is increasing demand month over month, year over year. The economic upheaval continues to impact so many lives, in so many ways. Social, cultural, and environmental challenges are manifesting in a city that has not seemed to catch a break since 2008’s global financial meltdown and the subsequent 2015 Alberta downturn.
Calgary may be a city of over a million, but the heart of this city remains small town and community focused. When times are tough, Calgarians rally and come together to help their neighbours in need. And this holiday season, individuals, families and businesses came together in a big way to make sure that the holidays were happy for everyone. Whether it’s a tin, a truckload, a monetary donation or an hour of time, Calgarians gave with their hearts.
We were recently named as one of Charity Intelligence’s Top 10 Canadian Impact Charities of 2019. It is truly humbling to be recognized in this way.
There has been a lot of chatter about donating money instead of food and we would like to set the record straight: give what you can (pun intended).
4 million Canadians are food insecure and struggle to put enough food on the table. Every day they face tough decisions about how to make ends meet.