With the holiday season here, I wanted to take some time to give back to our amazing community. While it is always important to acknowledge the wonderful aspects of our lives, during this time of year, we are even more reminded about how fortunate we are. However, for many, this time of year is filled with hardships and struggles. So, I decided to embark upon a Christmas Community Support Campaign in the week leading up to Christmas. Here is a recap of everything I have been up to this season.
Sunday, December 15
I started the Christmas Community Support Campaign off with helping the St. Albert Kinette Christmas Hamper Campaign. We headed to Save-On-Foods with our large customer service van and filled it with approximately ten shopping carts of much needed groceries. I am honoured to be able to help this amazing charity that provides groceries to nearly 300 St. Albert families during the Christmas season. My heart was full, the van was full, and now many bellies will be full as well.
Monday December 16
For day two of the Christmas Community Support Campaign, I headed to Superstore to do some more grocery shopping. I took to the aisles to fill my cart with food to help Marie Poburan Schools provide food hampers to Sifton School in Edmonton. Thanks to the generous support of the families and staff at Marie Poburan School, over thirty hampers of holiday food was delivered. A huge shout out to the grade four students of Marie Poburan for lending a hand. It was an incredible experience.
Tuesday, December 17
To support the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, day three brought me to Costco. I was excited to spend a couple of hours helping raise funds for a great cause. Did you know that every dollar earned during the Kettle Campaign stays in the community? Also, you wouldn’t believe how many friends and clients I ran into during my time at Costco. It was a great experience, and I hope that you consider donating when you see the Salvation Army volunteers around the community.
Wednesday, December 18
In support of the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch, I headed down to The Bookstore on Perron to purchase a bunch of brand-new books to donate to the Digital Link Book Drive. Little Warriors is an incredible organization that is focused on the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.
I also decided to try something different! As an avid member of the hockey community, I couldn’t help but notice people struggling to get rid of the snow on the outdoor rinks around St. Albert. So, I decided to bring an early Christmas gift to some of the rinks around the community. I headed to Home Depot, purchased some shovels and delivered them. Hopefully they help get rid of the snow and make for more time spent enjoying the ice rather than cleaning it off.
Thursday, December 19
Day five! I put some miles on the company service van to help deliver a truckload of books to the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch. It was incredible to see all the boxes and we estimate that between 8,000-10,000 books were collected by the community. The books brought to the Be Brave Ranch will quadruple the number of books they currently have. The children will have an amazing surprise when they return to the ranch after Christmas.
It was an amazing week and I am grateful that I can support and give back to the community I love. From the entire team and I, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2020!