Christmas hampers have been distributed and thousands of people in need will enjoy Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Hundreds of children will also have a very special gift to open on Christmas morning thanks to community donations.
Just about 2,000 hampers were distributed in Brantford, Brant and Six Nations by many many cheerful volunteers. Thanks to everyone who donated food, toys, money or time to the Christmas Baskets program. You have truly made this a bright Christmas for less fortunate people in our community.
Donations of food are still being accepted at the Brantford Food Bank (1100 Clarence St. South). Donations of toys are still being accepted at Christmas Baskets (75 Plant Farm Blvd.) Any toys donated after Christmas will give us a good start for next year. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated at this time as our food bills will now be rolling in. Thank you.
A note from the Executive Director:
As I am wrapping up some things in the office today before my Christmas break with family, I am reflecting on the tremendous amount of support and gratefulness I see in this community.
The gratefulness from clients that I have experienced is remarkable.
Some express their gratitude easily, sharing their story, and telling you how grateful they are.
Others have a hard time expressing their thankfulness, you may only catch it in the humbled look in their eyes. They are too overwhelmed. They have had to harden themselves to get through the process. They want to tell you how they struggling, trying to make ends meet, trying to find a job or feed their children. But they just can’t. You can tell, that if they start to tell you their story, they will break.
What I have come to realize is that whether they share their story easily, whether they are open to our help, or they receive it without uttering a word, our neighbours, each in their own way, are truly thankful for the help we can give them.
I know too that this help cannot be provided without the support of our community. The amount of support we receive from partners, volunteers and donors is awe-inspiring. We are truly blessed in this community by the sheer number of people who want to help make a difference.
All year long, we have dedicated volunteers coming to the Food Bank to support us. Sorting food, helping with intake, organizing our warehouse, cleaning, and providing help to those coming in to use our service.
At Christmas we see even more support. Drivers on delivery day, help at our prepack, sorting and fixing toys, people just wanting to help.
Our Employment Program also experiences this amazing support. Strong community partners help us be sure people looking for work have all the tools they need to be successful and local businesses & companies willing to give our clients a chance at some training and work experience can mean a world of difference for someone.
So, as I write this and think about the people we support, and all the ways our community helps, I am truly humbled. Honestly words cannot come close to express the gratitude in my heart today. I am overwhelmed.