Donations for families in need are down this year
The Calgary Transit Magic of Christmas charity is hoping Calgarians can dig a little deeper and donate to help Calgary families in need enjoy a happy holiday season.
Every year, Santa and his elves work together with the Magic of Christmas volunteers. They hop on Calgary Transit buses and bring Christmas spirit to as many Calgary families as they can.
This Christmas Eve, over 400 volunteers will deliver toys, clothing, gift cards and food to 350 Calgary families.
Santa will also be taking time out of his busy Christmas time schedule to visit Calgary hospitals, care centres and other organizations throughout Calgary that offer assistance to people in need.
Shannon McNaught, President of the Magic of Christmas says “Donations are down, but the need is still high as Santa and his elves prepare to bring Christmas to families in need”.
“Every day we are getting more and more requests for visits and food hampers and, with only a week to go, we really need the support of the community to make this happen,” said McNaught. ”Calgary Transit always steps up in a big way for us with the donation of the buses and the volunteer drivers. Now we need the help of the community in filling the buses.”
McNaught says monetary donations are only approximately 50 per cent of what they were last year at this time. “Through these donations, we are able to purchase the things that we have the greatest need for like food hampers and gifts for teens.”
McNaught said something magical happens when Santa enters a home, starting with the excitement in a child’s eyes and shear disbelief that they could be so lucky to have Santa make a personal visit to them. There is joy and relief for a family who feels like, despite what their circumstances are, the people in their community care about them.
Calgary Transit has donated 19 buses, which will be driven by volunteer transit operators all day and night on Christmas Eve.
Donations can be dropped off at Santa’s workshop, 9136 52 Street S.E. or at any Auto Value Parts stores, AMA (Alberta Motor Association) locations, Fountain Tire stores and Little Caesars Pizza outlets.