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How To Give Back To The Fort Saskatchewan Community This Christmas

The Christmas season is a good time to be thinking about helping others. There are many people who struggle through the Christmas season and are in need of a helping hand. If you are looking for charities to donate to in the Fort Saskatchewan area, here are a few ideas.

The Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank (also know as The Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers Society)

The Society operates a Food Bank within the City of Fort Saskatchewan. Hampers are filled with staple items and supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables. People who apply to the food bank are provided with food and toy hampers during the Christmas season. Manned entirely by volunteers, this is an organization that can make a difference to a family’s Christmas memories and perhaps give them the opportunity to share a meal together.

The Christmas Hamper Campaign Committee

Working in conjunction with the Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers Society, this organization holds charity drives to raise fund. The demand for food and hampers is greater than ever due to the downturn in the economy. The generosity of the people of Fort Saskatchewan and several businesses have made it possible for many families to have the opportunity to share Christmas dinner.

Families First
Partnering with other organizations and government initiatives, this organization provides services, programs and support efforts to any families needing a helping hand.Throughout the year Parenting Programs such as Positive Parenting or Creating Confident Kids are a few of the many programs that are available for people wishing to learn more about parenting skills. Family supports such as community kitchens and home visitations are also available. In addition, they have a variety of drop-in programs that parents can attend with their children. As a charity, they accept donations to pass along to families. The need for donations increases at Christmas time and they welcome new or lightly used items which are suitable for children of all ages.

The Strathcona Christmas Bureau
This charity has been helping people since 1979. Each year, qualifying residents of Strathcona County are provided with hampers of food and gifts. More than 370 families a year benefit as a result of the work of this agency. As a non-profit organization, they rely on the effort of volunteers as well as donations from residents and businesses within the community. Donation locations are located throughout Sherwood Park. Look for the Christmas Bureau sign in locations such as Costco, Sherwood Park Mall, Wal-Mart, Home Sense, and Winners. Suggestions for donations include cash, gift cards, toiletries, books, games, music, and electronics. They are also willing to take donations of non-perishable foods. Gifts for all ages are accepted, but at the present time, they are in need of presents for adults and teenagers.

We should all remember that Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. Extending support and care to those that need it most is your opportunity to share the spirit of Christmas in your local community. Your generosity and kindness will be greatly appreciated by those in need.

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