Letters to the Editor – Barb Courtorielle

Christmas food hamper and Santas Anonymous programs depend on community support

To the Editor:

The holiday season will soon be upon us. Christmas trees with colourful ornaments and twinkling lights set the stage for a magical time of year. The aroma of turkey cooking in the oven, the beautiful display of holiday treats on fancy trays are about, and the hum of conversation from friends and family who stop by to wish each other good tidings will soon fill our homes. We gleefully watch our children and grandchildren rip through their presents as we prepare breakfast before the long day of festivities begins.

Does this sound like an idyllic Christmas Day? Wouldn’t it be wonderful for all families to experience the joy of the season?

For many of our less fortunate families, this will not happen without your support.

Last year, the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre was successful in meeting the needs of 189 families, providing Christmas hampers filled with a turkey, potatoes, veggies, eggs, cereal, milk juice, oranges, and much more. As well as this, through the Slave Lake Community Santas Anonymous program, 329 children woke to a new toy on Christmas morning – a very special gift, that for many may have been their only toy for the day. We also put in toques and gloves for the children.

While we were extremely grateful to be able to meet the needs of all who applied last year, more families are expected to need aid in the coming season, during these unprecedented times of the COVID pandemic; and we fear there may be some we will be unable to help. Because of this, we must turn to you during this season of giving.

All donations made towards Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre’s holiday hamper and Santas Anonymous are used solely to gift underprivileged families and are not allocated in any way towards Centre operations.

For neighbours in need this season, please address your donations to Slave Lake Santas Anonymous. You are welcome to mail donations to Slave Lake Friendship Centre, 416 – 6th Ave. NE, Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A2, or call the Centre to arrange donation pick-up. A charitable receipt is available for tax purposes.

Again, thank you for your generosity. Each and every contribution is significant in our attempts to create a joyful season for all.

In friendship,

Barb Courtorielle
Executive Director

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