In the spirit of Christmas - we thought we would mention a few organizations that people can donate to and share in the joy of what the Christmas spirit is all about.
Adopt a Family - Our primary focus for the program is the Christmas season. With your generosity, families whose lives are affected by poverty, domestic violence, and unfortunate circumstances can enjoy the true spirit of the holiday season. Every year, we provide sponsors with guidelines and family information. Each family participating during the Christmas season completes an application form with information about the number of people in the family, the children’s ages and favorites (e.g colors, music, authors, games and toys) to ensure that gifts will be useful and cherished.
There are times when the stress of life’s circumstances becomes overwhelming. The Adopt A Family program provides assistance throughout the year to families who are in need of extra support with food, clothing or other ancillary expenses. Through support from corporate and individual sponsors we are able to provide some relief from financial and emotional strain.
Good Samaritan Shoe Box - Samaritan’s Purse provides aid to hurting people-victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. We do it regardless of their religious faith, race, gender, or socio-economic standing. We usually partner with local churches, just as the Good Samaritan partnered with the innkeeper. And we continue to nurture that partnership, and monitor the effectiveness of our work, just as the Samaritan arranged with the innkeeper.
Local Food Bank - Alberta Food Banks was incorporated on March 19, 1998 as the Alberta Food Bank Network Association (AFBNA). In 2013 the association of food banks formally began operating as Alberta Food Banks.
The founders of the association believed:
• Food banks should support each other in achieving their objectives. • Communication among food banks is mutually beneficial. • Food banks’ working together enhances the well being of communities throughout Alberta.
• Creating public awareness and providing education about hunger and poverty are important elements of food bank activities.The association evaluates and researches programs to benefit all food banks in the province. These programs are initiated and supported to help our members in food and fundraising, and awareness efforts across Alberta.
Food Banks Alberta provides a wealth of resource material and acts as a communications pipeline for its members so that food banks can function efficiently and share ideas. We promote Alberta food banks on the provincial level.There are 84 members of the association in Alberta. There are an estimated 110+ food banks operating in Alberta.
All members of the association automatically benefit from provincial and national initiatives with our partners.