A smashing Success!
We filled a whopping 148 hampers last year, but this year–in a new venue and in record time–we filled 155! In addition to our beautifully decorated hampers brimming with wholesome goodies, we were able to give the Salvation Army 11 bulging extra hampers of fresh fruit, veggies, stuffing mix and bread they can use in the hampers they make up.
Thanks to Our Venue Hosts
What would we have done if St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church hadn’t taken us under their wing and hosted us? Their beautiful chapel was the perfect venue: lots of room, lovely high ceilings, stained glass windows–and pews to hold those big cases of food so we didn’t have to stoop to the floor!
Thanks for the music of the season
Thank you, too, to Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Alumni Carollers for starting the party off with gorgeous carols, to Michael Heaney who played piano for us for hours, and to our bagpiper Josh MacDonald who has piped us out to load the Salvation Army’s trucks since he was a teenager.
Thanks to the Many Individual Contributors
It is the collective generosity of our stalwart individual cash and food donors that keep the party going, but our tradition is to not reveal individual donor amounts since we know all our donors are giving what they can.
Thanks to Our Generous Business Donors
We really must thank our business donors, however, because without their unbelievable support we could never have accomplished what we did this year. Please support these community minded businesses:
- Morning Fresh Eggs on Blenkinsop
- Thrifty Foods, Tuscany Village
- Level Ground Coffee
- Coca Cola
- Cassels Murray Family & Estates Law,
- Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, Cadboro Bay
- Rogers Chocolates
- SaveOn Foods Westside Village
- Cobbs Bread Shelbourne Plaza
And to the Elves…
Finally, huge thanks to amazing Organizing Elves Laura MacDonald, Dan Doherty, James VanDam, Paul MacDonald, Lisa Paquin, Val Sharp, Di Madill, and Josh MacDonald. Laura, in particular, did weeks of behind the scenes organizing. Even in Santa’s workshop, thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food doesn’t get planned, budgeted, comparison shopped, ordered, promoted, coordinated, picked up and delivered, and properly recorded for tax purposes without a lot of Elf hours. They are an amazing team!
Together we fed the hungry and those who otherwise may have lost hope. Isn’t that the essence of the holiday spirit?
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah & Happy New Year!
Joyce & Elves Laura, Dan, James, Paul, Lisa, Val, Josh, and Di