Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hey Calgary! Who Wants To Help A Family In Need This Christmas?

** Update 12/10/12**  An anonymous donor has advised that they are going to match/equal all donations received, up to $5,000!!!  This is amazing news! 

  With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are caught up in the hustle and bustle of December.  As our attention turns to finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones, many people tend to get lost in the madness of the shopping season.  As Calgarians, we are fortunate to live in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and many of have been blessed with great families, careers and financial stability.  That said, as well off as Calgary appears, there are many people struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis.

  Inn From The Cold is a local charity that provides emergency shelter, support and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need, with the goal of building healthy, stable families and ending homelessness.  I have had the opportunity to tour their facility and I found it personally heartbreaking to imagine the hardships that a homeless family faces.  The work that Inn From The Cold does on a daily basis helps families in need and I thought it would a good idea to try and give back to our community and help a family have a brighter Christmas this year.

  During this holiday season, Inn From The Cold can use our help in providing items for a Christmas hamper and holiday wish list items for their clients.  I am reaching out to friends, coworkers and associates on social media to help put together some donated items for local families.  By working together, we will be able to make a family's holiday a little brighter this year.

How can we help? 

  • Please review the list of hamper and "wishlist" items in the links below and let me know if you would like to help by donating some of these important items.
  • Please share the wishlist items on Twitter and Facebook to help spread the word. ( #yycTwitterXmas)
  • Help with the collection and drop off of these items at the Inn From The Cold facility. 

Some of the key items they require can be found below.

1) Inn From The Cold Hamper Items
2) Inn From The Cold Wishlist Items

Ideally, I would like to collect all of the items and drop them off around December 16, 2012 if possible.

If you are interested in helping, leave a comment below or email me at calgaryrants@gmail.com ( Also, be sure to share any other ideas that may help a family at Inn From The Cold this Christmas.) and let me know if you can help!



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1 comment:

  1. Hi, This year I am interested in adopting a family for a Christmas hamper. I wanted to do this to share what we have to someone else who is struggling more than us and teach my children the concept of sharing and giving to a family in need and most of all a local family here in Calgary. thanks