We have had many hands help around Greener Village recently to bring us this close to Christmas. It’s the week before and things are typically quite crazy for us. Today, however, we have all established that “we got this” and business is running so smoothly.
For those of you who may follow our blog because of the beautiful gardens and vegetables we produce in the summer months (thanks to our summer staff and hard working volunteers), this may be a very different post for you to read.
Home of the Fredericton Food Bank, Greener Village houses 6 paid staff and 120 full time volunteers. The transition from “just a food bank” to our Community Food Centre has been a long road. But it is day’s like today that we realize we are not in this alone! So many of our community members, individuals- young and old, companies and politicians have stepped up to give to the families who struggle to make Christmas a celebration.
For some, this time of year can be very stressful, budgets can be tight and parents may not have the chance to make their child’s Christmas toy wish come true. With the help of our Christmas Program, we are able to deliver over 860 Christmas dinner hampers and fill 2360 Angel toy wishes for children in our community. This is a BIG reason why we are here. Emergency relief, a hand up, some extra help, a cup of coffee and a smile. We certainly couldn’t do it alone and we thank everyone who contributes to our efforts in putting a smile on another persons face.
We are so grateful for each of you who have contributed food donations, financial donations and your time. All of which make the wheels turn in our organization.
Here are some pictures that have been taken over the last week:
Our Christmas Elves in the Warehouse
Betsy is a Volunteer and runs our entire Angel Tree Program
UPS collected all these toys and donated them to our Angel Tree
Sorting Elves from Skillsoft in our Clothing Boutique
Donna is a volunteer in our Kitchen and Warehouse. She has been making lunch each day (2 weeks worth) for our volunteers!! She’s Superwoman..
This is Toy Land at O’learys. Once toys are donated to us they get brought here and matched with Christmas Angels. This is another program that is entirely run by Volunteers, thanks to Pam especially!
AND Matthew, he organized a food and clothing drive, all donated to us this week. We love when our young leaders show Community Spirit. Thank you!
Many hands make light work they say. Thanks for all that YOU do for our community, it truly makes a difference.
All the best to you and yours this holiday season,