Even in tough economic times, Southern Alberta proves to be a kind and caring community. With support from a variety of individuals, businesses, organization, and major partners 1st Choice Savings, CTV, and Wesbridge Construction, this year, the Lethbridge Family Services (LFS) Angel Tree for Kids Campaign helped 1,784 children have a brighter Christmas morning. Through donations of cash and gifts, this year’s campaign raised $126,800.
Thousands of gifts were collected, wrapped, and sent back out into the community through over 50 referral agencies. Each child received a gift package valued at approximately $50 that included toys, warm hats, and mitts, as well as personal hygiene items and gift cards for teens. The most requested toys this year were Lego, craft kits, and Barbie dolls.
“The generosity of Southern Alberta was truly illustrated this holiday season. This campaign gave more than gifts to these kids, it gave a sense of hope and feeling that their community truly cares about them and is willing to help them have a better life,” says Melody Garner, LFS Director Advancement & Community Relations. “For that I will always be thankful to everyone who donated and participated in this year’s Angel Tree for Kids.”
This year the campaign relied heavily on community volunteers to help wrap and package the gifts. There were over 200 volunteers who gave their time to pick up presents, wrap presents, work in the Angel Tree room, and spread the holiday magic.
LFS thanks all of those who gave of their time and made this year a success, with a special thanks to all of the community partners who hosted an Angel Tree at their place of business and those individuals who donated a toy or money to purchase a toy.