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Carolling For Seniors and Holiday Hamper Deliveries In Edmonton

Christmas Carolling

On December 7th, 32 volunteers from the Edmonton chapter arrived at Rosslyn Seniors Lodge for their 5th annual Christmas Carolling Evening, serenading 36 Seniors.  They started off the evening with 6 Festive Favourites, ending their first half singing “The 12 Days of Christmas,” with all of the Seniors participating.  They took a break to serve them hot chocolate and donuts and spending time to get to know  them.

The second half started with two piano performances by two young girls, Selena Marks and Allyna Collis.  That was followed by two teen-age girls, Sophia Narciso and Ashley Griffiths, singing two beautiful songs.  They then performed a few Classic Christmas Hymns and closed the evening with “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and the children handing out homemade treats.  They also gave out their first door prize.  The lady who received it was so thankful, she shared her treats with everyone.  It was so encouraging to hear them saying comments like, “I remember you from last year,”  “I come every year,”  “I can`t wait till next year.”  There were many comments about how much they enjoyed the young performers.

As the volunteers were leaving, the lady at the front desk commented on how as the Seniors came by they were talking about how much they enjoyed the evening.

Holiday Hampers

On December 14th HOPE Edmonton had the opportunity to deliver 7 Holiday Hampers that had been prepared by groups throughout the week.  The hampers provided for families that consist of 2 to 9 people, whom are mostly children.

Each December the chapter teams up with JCI and their Holiday Hamper program to supply food and gift hampers to almost a 1000 families in the Edmonton area that would otherwise go without.  After registering each hamper, JCI then provides a turkey, fresh vegetables and a roasting pan to be delivered along with the hamper.  It is so encouraging  to see so  many people give of their time and resources to provide for others and bring a little Christmas cheer into the homes of the less fortunate.  One of our volunteers shared this story.  He had to make a couple of trips out to the car to bring items in.  On his way back into the house, the little girls ran up to him with open arms for a hug.  He told her, “You made my day, that is my first hug today” Then the mom gave him a hug.  They were so grateful.

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing and feeling the impact of giving to others. Both of these events have blessed us with the privilege of giving. Merry Christmas!

Christmas carols, fellowship and gifts for the Seniors

Our volunteers in Edmonton started off their festive season by providing Christmas cheer to the Seniors of Rosslyn place. This was their 5th year visiting the seniors retirement community.

35 adults and children gathered together to sing Christmas Carols to a group of 45 seniors. They enjoyed singing all the classic Christmas songs and again this year had fun singing The 12 days of Christmas with the Seniors participating. They also had a special treat when one of the young girls, Selena Marks, performed 2 songs on the piano. The evening ended with the group singing with “We wish you a Merry Christmas” while the children handed out treats to the seniors. After the caroling, they were able to spend time chatting and socializing with the residents while enjoying coffee and cookies.

The Seniors were really encouraged with the evening and especially loved having the children there. One women commented that she doesn’t get many visitors even from her family and was grateful for the singing and conversation with everyone.

It is encouraging when they hear, “I remember you from last year” and several said, “We look forward to next year.”

The Second Annual Winter Clothing And Food Drive In Edmonton

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Volunteers from the Edmonton chapter

In the month of October the Edmonton Chapter took part in their 2nd Annual Winter Clothing and Food Drive. The event was run over two days, with three groups consisting of over 60 adults and children delivering flyers and collecting donations throughout the city of Edmonton and St. Albert.

Almost 400lbs of food was collected and delivered to the local food banks. 267 winter clothing items were collected to be delivered to Page The Cleaners. They cleaned and delivered the winter clothing to United Way’s Coats For Kids & Families program.

This year the Edmonton chapter were able to have all the items collected before the weather turned cold and the snow fell, which can be a tough time for those who struggle with having the finances to afford clothing and food.

The chapter is so excited about seeing this project grow, having more people involved and continuing to support these two programs in the future.

If you would like to know more information and volunteer with our chapter in Edmonton please email edmonton@hopewwcanada.org