January 2, 2020
Lethbridge News Now
LETHBRIDGE, AB – Five agencies came together for the common goal of helping those in need this holiday season and they certainly delivered.
Food hampers were provided to 1,439 homes in the city and more than 4,263 toy bundles were given to children.
This was thanks to the combined efforts of the Lethbridge Food Bank, Interfaith Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree, and My City Care Shop of Wonders.
“Thanks to the support of the community, 1,892 adults and 4,263 children (6,155 individuals) were assisted this Christmas through the Christmas Hope initiative,” reads a press release from the groups.
The registration procedures were streamlined this year while steps were taken to limit the duplication of services, which the organizations say allowed them to maximize the resources generated from the community.
“Working in partnership seems to be having the best impact, not only for our donors, but for the families we’re here to help,” says Danielle McIntyre, executive director with Interfaith Food Bank. “When each agency can focus on what they do best, we are really able to stretch our resources, and we are able to provide a more consistent and festive experience for those we serve.”
Some of the events and initiatives that were hosted in support of this include the Toy Mountain at Centre Village Mall, Food for Fines, Toys for Tots, Stuff-A-Bus, the CP Holiday Train, the Lethbridge Symphony’s Chimes for Charity, Christmas at CASA, among others.
While the Christmas Hope campaign has wrapped up, the five non-profits reiterate that they accept donations year-round, so it is never too late to give back.
“The Salvation Army would like to thank all our donors and volunteers who helped make Christmas 2019 special for the many children that received gifts through us. We couldn’t do it without your help. We pray your Christmas was a good one and we look forward to your ongoing support in the year to come.” Lynn Hornberger, family services with The Salvation Army.
Heading into this year’s campaign, the five agencies had prepared to serve 2,000 adults and 4,000 children.