13th Annual Christmas Hope Campaign
Christmas Hope is a 5-agency collaboration serving our community at Christmas including: Lethbridge Food Bank, Interfaith Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree and My City Care Shop of Wonders. The Christmas Hope partnership ensures less-fortunate members of our community get everything they need for Christmas.
To make the most of resources and reduce duplication of services, our five agencies planned and prepared to serve 2000 adults and 4000 children over the 2019 Holiday Season.
This past Christmas, a total of 1439 households were provided with food hampers complete with Christmas fixings, and more than 4,263 children received toy bundles so they might have something special under the tree on Christmas morning. 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.
Streamlining registration procedures allowed the collection of agencies to increase the quality of support provided to local families, while also limiting duplication of services, thus maximizing the resources generated from our community. This was particularly helpful for toy distribution agencies, as families received gifts for children from only one agency this year. Projected numbers were based on previous year totals and trends through 2019, while final distribution tallies identify unique individuals served.
Maral Kiani Tari, executive director with Lethbridge Food Bank explains, “the holiday season is one of the busiest times for our organizations. Cold months in combination with the Christmas season can be expensive for our clients; which is why we see an increased demand at our agencies. Many of our families only require our help for November, December and January while they do well on their own the rest of the year.”
“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.”
Organizers are grateful that the community was able to meet the demand for those who requested help this year, however each agency will be required to continue to recruit support throughout 2020 to keep up with on-going support programs for local families. Donations are accepted by each agency year-round, it is never too late to give.
“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.
Christmas Hope agencies would like to express our gratitude to the community for assisting us in ensuring that everyone had a chance to have a Merry Christmas. Michelle Gallucci of Lethbridge Family Services- Angel Tree says, “It’s so inspirational to have community investment on this scale. We are all honoured to be a part of something bigger than one organization could do alone.”
On behalf of our staff, volunteers and the families we serve, we hope you had the happiest of holidays, and we look forward to your on-going support in 2020.
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Agency Contact Information:
Lynn Hornberger, Salvation Army