By Mabell, Dave on December 7, 2019.
For 4,000 Lethbridge area children, Christmas lights will shine a little brighter thanks to five service agencies working together on the Christmas Hope campaign.
About 2,000 financially strapped adults will also be helped this month thanks to public support for the Lethbridge Food Bank, the Interfaith Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Lethbridge Family Services’ Angel Tree program and the My City Care Shop of Wonders.
Because they share resources and clientele, the organizations say they’re able to make the most of their resources while eliminating any duplication of services.
Already, officials say, the five organizations have registered more than 1,170 households hoping for food hampers and for gifts for more than 3,675 local children.
Registration is still open, they add, by contacting one of the five collaborating agencies.
Meanwhile, organizers say the Lethbridge and Interfaith Food Banks both need more food and cash donations as they prepare to distribute food hampers next week.
Toys and other gifts will be distributed later in the month through the Salvation Army, Angel Tree and Shop of Wonders programs, also working from a master list to avoid duplication and to share the workload. Beforehand, the Salvation Army and Shop of Wonders invite parents to choose toys for their children based on age and price categories.
Officials say Angel Trees volunteers work from referral wish lists from 85 agencies in Lethbridge and area, which then distribute gifts to their families.
But it’s never too late to give, the organizations say. Residents are encouraged to contribute to any of the five Christmas Hope agencies – or to all of them!
Each agency is continuing to fundraise, they add. While working together on the Christmas Hope campaign, they still need to help their other clients on an ongoing basis.
For further information the http://www.ChristmasHope.ca website is offering updates on the campaign’s progress along with gift suggestions and “wish lists” for the food banks’ most-wanted items.